I will look ahead to Galway at end of this blog.

It is a great feeling everywhere around the world today for all Waterford people. Our minors did themselves and all of us proud by winning the All Ireland yesterday. Congratulations to all the players, management, backroom staff and anybody that helped achieve victory. It has been a long year for all concerned. It is a terrific boost for the county and all these lads are now guaranteed honorary status down here in Waterford for the rest of their lives.

From a local point of view a special well done to William Hahessey from Rathgormack/Clonea and our two Fourmilewater lads Conor Gleeson and Dermot Ryan.

The victory augurs well for the future of Waterford hurling and is a tribute to the likes of John Mullane, Ken McGrath, Dan Shanahan, Paul Flynn, Tony Browne and Brick etc who inspired these young fellows to take up the game and progress at it. Make no mistake, it was these men and their golden era that is responsible for todays gains and made sure that hurling was at the forefront of Waterford sport ,thus ensuring that this minor team and other youngsters alike were not lost to soccer and rugby and other disciplines. We owe the above greats and many others players a debt of gratitude for the toil they put in over the years and is a timely reminder for the idiots who were having pot shots at the likes of the legend Mullane recently. How stupid can they feel this morning ?

Stephen Bennett is a ridiculous talent and I feel he can go straight into senior contention next year. He will make it to the top, he has pace, strength, skill and he is prolific in front of goal. Three or four more of them could also make the big step up in time.

Again , well done Waterford minors,we are all proud of you.

I will preview one race now and more later.

Galway 6 15 : Jim Bolger is a brilliant trainer but even he can make mistakes and he surely would admit that his placing of WE’LL GO WALKING has been strange to say the least. Her debut win over 1m 4f was scintillating but he immediately dropped her to 9f for a Listed race just twenty days later and not having recovered from running a very fast time previously she ran very free but still finished a close second. He should have given her more time from her debut run. The normally very astute Coolcullen handler was having none of it and promptly pulled her out again just a forthnight later , this time only over a mile in Group 3 company and she completely bombed out to finish a long last. He did give her a 35 day break before going to Cork for a 1m 4f Group 3 but the rest wasn’t long enough and she finished a disappointing sixth of eight beaten five lengths. This was not good race planning.

Now, to further complicate matters WE’LL GO WALKING is by Authorized and those of you in this game will know that they can be a little awkward at times!! If ever there was an animal that needed kid gloves it was this filly. Anyway Bolger has rested her now for 85 days and that is perfect. Has there been too much thrown at this filly too soon, is she over her poor experience ? I think she should be and am going to pay to find out.

There is a very talented favourite in the race Eye Of The Storm and we will punt her without him with Paddy Power. So, a 1 pt bet on WE’LL GO WALKING w/o the fav with PP at 11/2.

More soon……..


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