The ground ultimately proved a bit too quick for Mokhalad on Saturday and unfortunately, he could only manage a midfield finish. It is such a pity that there wasn’t a bit more cut in the ground but hopefully he gives the Galaxy Racing syndicate something to shout about at Dundalk in the coming months.
This is a pivotal time of the year at Grougha as we head to the sales in an attempt to find the next Geological or Tribal Path. Speaking of Tribal, he is running at Galway for the Bright Star Syndicate on Monday and you can read Damian’s thought on his chances below.
Tribal Path runs in the 7f Handicap at 2.55pm in Galway this bank holiday Monday and I have booked his usual partner Donagh O’Connor for the ride. Donagh is able to claim 5lb and in competitive handicaps like this one, 5lb can make a massive difference. Tribal has run well at Galway before so hopefully it brings out the best in him again.
I don’t know what I have done to offend the draw gods lately, but just like a lot of mine recently Tribal has been handed a less than ideal starting position in stall 16. It is going to be tough from there, but if he is able to break from the gates as he did at Dundalk last time I think Tribal is capable of running a big race.
Incidentally, Tribal Path’s half-brother Manjeer won for Mr Oxx at Leopardstown at the weekend and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate his owners Marco and Natalie Steinmann on their success. Hopefully, it is a good omen for Tribal at Galway.