This is a track that really produces specialists and it’s no coincidence that the same horses go back there year after year and keep running well there. It’s a very hard track to ride, you need to give your horse breathers going up the hills but I feel it is even more important that, no matter how bad you are going, you have to let your horse travel down the hill before the turn in. You often see riders asking for effort coming down that hill and they rarely finish out their races. The final climb at Galway is the toughest in the country and horses have to be given a chance to gather themselves before they tackle it. The last two fences are obviously quite unique in how close together they are, but usually if you jump the first one well, you’ll jump the second one well. You see a lot more fallers at the second-last than the last, as horses tend to have built up momentum coming down the hill and that fence runs away from them a little bit. In general, the fences aren’t that stiff, but a good jumper can fall there as it’s tricky. As well as producing horses that are track specialists, I feel that some riders are better around there than others and that is something worth considering.