Welcome to this brand new column. I’ll not just be previewing local and national GAA but will look at all the big betting stories especially from a local angle. You can send any abuse for poor tips/spouting nonsense to me on the official John Mulholland twitter page and any happy winning punters can send cheques to….
Title number five for U-21 footballers?
Only two seasons ago, my boss at John Mulholland and current Galway senior manager, Alan Mulholland guided Galway to a ten-point victory against Cavan and although a similar victory cannot be expected on Saturday, there are signs this could be a better Galway side than the previous three winners this century. They have won Connacht the hard way beating Sligo, Roscommon and Mayo before seeing off antepost favourites Kildare in the semi-finals. The brand of Gaelic football being played has been hailed as pretty on the eye with a potent strike-force led by Shane Walsh. They have beaten physical sides by being economical in attack and harrying the opposition into making mistakes. Just look at the amount of wides Kildare and Roscommon hit in the last few games. Cork will pose the same threat as Kildare and if Galway put in the same shift, a fifth title and fourth this century beckons. Galway are 11/10 to win in normal time, 10/11 to lift the trophy
Bet of the weekend
Poor Godolphin has had a hard time of it the last six months. First Frankie Dettori tested positive for drugs, now the horses are even taking them. The 2000 Guineas at Newmarket this weekend ushers in the real start to the flat season and they supply the favourite in Dawn Approach. This horse is still trained in Ireland by teetotal Jim Bolger but he should also win doing handstands. Six wins from six runs last season, this could be the third year in row favourite backers could collect. A cracking bet this weekend at the 6/4 mark.