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Galway: Kinane the true genius in waiting.

Byline: er: Tony O'Hehir

MICK KINANE rides Galway better than any other Flat rider, and the champion jockey and title-race leader treated racegoers to a masterclass on the opening day of the September meeting when bringing both Kiptanui and Marigold from the back of the field to win the two handicaps on the card.

His performance on Marigold almost beggared belief. The Willie Mullins-trained mare, without a win since she scored at the festival meeting here last year, had only two of her 13 rivals behind her turning for home in the mile-and-a-half Tom Hogan Motors Handicap.

But she was beginning to motor like one of the sponsor's cars and the

five-year-old ran on strongly under Kinane's driving to hit the front near the finish for a three-quarter-length win. Mullins was speaking firmly tongue in cheek when he said: "I suppose the jockey helped!"

Kinane reported: "They flew early on and I wasn't travelling that well. So I gave her time and gambled that they would pay the price for the gallop they went when they met the hill. Luckily for me they did."

Kiptanui's charge from the back of the field was more a case of circumstances dictating tactics, as the Thomond O'Mara-trained ten-year-old was slowly away before sweeping through in the straight to win the extended mile handicap.

In contrast, Kieren Fallon failed to reach the frame on either of his mounts, with Doonaree eighth behind Marigold and Animal Lover trailing in behind Kiptanui.

Star performance

Mick Kinane - who else?
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2003
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