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The Galway Races

It’s nearly time for the annual pilgrimage to Galway to wage war on the bookies and to catch up on old friends. The Galway Festival continues to be the standard bearer for Horse Racing Ireland and all eyes will be focused on the figures for tote and bookmaker turnover this year. Quite simply the industry needs a good Galway to stop the reduction in turnover experienced by most racecourses so far this year. I would not be so bold as to give any specific tips a week before the races and anyway there will be more than enough of these flying around by the time of the first race on Monday. I am happy to give the following  general pointers which have served me well over the years and which you might consider when trying to pick a winner:- 1.            Horses for Courses Galway is probably the best example of this old maxim and every year we see horses come good at Galway who have run well there previously. This can sometimes happen even where they come into the meeting with poor recent form. 2.            Watch the Going This is likely to be of particular importance with all of the recent rain and with more forecast for next week. The form book often goes out the window when the ground is soft to heavy as it may well be next week. Look for horses that handle the going because horses who need good ground or good to firm ground will often struggle in softer conditions. 3.            Stamina Like the going stamina is very important especially if the ground is soft or worse. There is a big dip before the last bend in Galway and it takes a horse with plenty of stamina to get up the hill there especially on soft to heavy ground. For a two mile race I would be looking for a horse that has won over two miles plus before I would put a bet on. Similarly for the shorter races I would only want to bet on a horse who has won over a longer trip than the race it is entered in. 4.            Direction Galway is a right handed track and I would tend to favour horses who have already run well going right handed. Many horses have a preference so look at horses who have run in courses like the Curragh, Punchestown, Sligo, Tramore, Ballinrobe or any other right handed track. 5.            The Draw This applies in the shorter races where there is a distinct advantages for horses drawn on the inside. Don’t overlook this as most horses struggle to overcome a bad draw. 6.            Up with the Pace Because of the dip and the fact that it is a tight track with a short finishing straight I tend to favour horses who run up with the pace. That could be particularly important this year where the ground is likely to be heavy which makes it hard for a horse to win from far off the pace. 7.            Good Recent Form Even though horses are often laid out for Galway and the trainer may have been ‘minding’ their handicap mark I tend to favour horses who have good recent form. Potential is fine but proven performance counts for more. 8.            Weight In handicaps where horses carry different weights it may be better to look for a horse lower down in the weights especially in the anticipated soft to heavy going. Weight tends to be more of a factor in the longer races. 9.            Battling Qualities I like to back a horse who has shown resolution in a tight finish rather than ‘bridle horses’ or horses who ‘down tools’ in a battle. This is particularly true in Galway where is a big climb up from the dip which puts a premium on stamina. 10.          Trainers Record Some trainers excel at Galway Dermot Weld being the most obvious example – the difficulty is often in deciding which of his to back as he often has a horse in most races. You can sometimes get a nice winner with a local trainer who might ‘lay one out’ for Galway. 11.          Jockey’s Record I would put more weighting on the jockey’s record as a good jockey around Galway can sometimes get an ordinary horse home whereas a less experienced one may struggle to adapt to the unique challenges of the Galway track. 12.          Invest more in the longer races This is probably a debatable point but as a National Hunt fan I prefer the longer race which allow a horse overcome a bad start and where one doesn’t have to take the draw into consideration. 13.          Look at horses that ran well earlier in the week. In particular look at ones who ran well but did not have a hard race earlier in the week. Recording the races may bring ones of these to your attention. Hope some of these help and one final pointer – if you are having a drink do most of your punting first – doing the two together is a sure way to the poor house!! Good Luck – you’ll need it!! Colman...

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Welcome to Our Website

Welcome to the Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services Group new website. We hope that you find it easy to navigate and also hope that you learn a little more about Collins McNicholas. Earlier this year we decided to redesign our website with a view to giving our clients and jobs seekers more relevant information in an easy to access format.  For jobseekers we have focussed on making our job search function easier to use and we have worked at providing more useful information about how to find a job in today’s employment market. In particular we hope that you will find our new video section really helpful. We have developed videos that will help jobseekers to produce an effective CV, we provide information on how to prepare for interviews and most importantly we detail how to be successful when job hunting. Also, take a minute to review our 2012 salary survey which gives a very clear picture of the salary levels across a wide range of sectors in Ireland. We would love to get some feedback on what you think of our new website so  please feel free to get in touch with me on with your opinions and of course don’t forget to register on our site to be in with a chance to win a fabulous weekend away in the Galway Radisson Hotel.  Niall Murray General Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group

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Volvo Fever Still in Galway

What a week it has been – the streets of Galway are alive with Volvo fever! Any why not – this is a phenomenal event for the people of Galway to host and we are doing it in true Galway style! The event has been a major success over the past week and there are still 3 days to the end of the festival. In the early hours of Tuesday morning over twenty thousand fans came out to welcome the sailing teams when they arrived at Galway docks, the final stop of this edition of Volvo Ocean Race 2012 and the Camper yacht came in first followed by Groupama to rapturous welcome. The festival has hosted a major Global Village which has brought amazing events under the pillars of Fashion, Innovation, Green and Marine.  Collins McNicholas hosted a stand at the EURES Recruitment fair there and there was a major buzz and true interest from the attendees about work opportunities in the West of Ireland.  The Innovation Hub in the Global Village has hosted a series of talks, discussions and presentations highlighting the innovation taking place in Ireland by indigenous Irish companies and some of the world’s leading Information, Technology, Computing, Medical Device, Bio-innovation and Communications companies.  Collins McNicholas attended the seminars on ‘The Success of the Medical Device Industry in Ireland’, ‘Thought Leadership and Leadership in the 21st Century’  plus we were invited to attend the Sustainability Summit in the Global Village yesterday – listening to experts in those fields and the future prospects for Ireland to continue to be a major player in Innovation is exciting for our country and is...

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