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2020 Galway Festival tips – Ante-post tips for the three feature races

  • We look through the ante-post betting for the three major races at the Galway Festival next week
  • Easy Game and Galvin are the favourites for the Galway Plate
  • Aramon heads an open betting heat for the Galway Hurdle
  • The Storyteller will carry top-weight into the Guinness Handicap
  • We cover all three races here
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Felix Desjy winning a Grade One at Aintree in 2018. (Getty)
Jon Vine 27 Jul 2020
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We provide readers with our Galway Festival tips, covering the three feature races during this popular meeting next week.

While flat racing fans are all eagerly awaiting Glorious Goodwood, Irish eyes are fixed firmly on Galway, as they prepare to stage their popular summer festival. For seven straight days, viewers will be treated to a whole host of flat and jumps racing, with the Galway Plate the main event during the meeting.

We’ve taken a look through the ante-post betting for the Galway Plate, the Galway Hurdle and the Guinness Handicap Hurdle, providing readers with our ante-post selections.

2020 Galway Festival Tips

2020 Galway Plate Odds

Easy Game7/1
Early Doors10/1
Us And Them12/1
Spyglass Hill12/1
Royal Rendezvous12/1
Snugborough Benny12/1

*Odds taken from Unibet on 21/7/20*

2020 Galway Plate Tips

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Gordon Elliott and Henry De Bromhead have shared the last five Galway Plate’s between them, and both have big players like Galvin and Spyglass Hill entered. 

Willie Mullins’ one and only win in this race came in 2011, and it’s his runner Easy Game who heads the betting. I, however, prefer the look of his second-string, ROYAL RENDEZVOUS.

Back in 2018, Royal Rendezvous bolted up in a maiden hurdle here at Galway. Mullins charge enjoyed a solid novice chasing campaign last season, winning on his debut over fences at Thurles, before claiming a Grade Three prize at Naas when last seen in the spring.

Royal Rendezvous has winning experience around the tricky track here at Galway, and gained some valuable Grade One experience last term. He looks very well handicapped running off a mark of 146, and could be a big player over this trip.

2020 Galway Hurdle Odds

Wonder Laish10/1
Turnpike Trip10/1
Hunters Call12/1
Felix Desjy12/1

*Odds taken from William Hill on 21/7/20*

2020 Galway Hurdle Tips

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Aramon comes into the Galway Hurdle on the back of a smart victory in the Grade Three Grime Hurdle. Willie Mullins’ charge deservedly heads the betting, but history if certainly against the favourite, as only one horse has managed to win with more than 11-07 on his back in this history of this handicap.

Only three horses since the millennium have won carrying odds of 14/1 or greater, so it makes sense to look towards the head of the market for a selection and the one who appeals most is FELIX DESJY.

Gordon Elliott’s seven-year-old won a Grade One at Aintree as a novice, making all to beat Aramon by a length-and-a-half. Felix Desjy then missed the entire 2019/20 National Hunt campaign through injury, but looked just as hungry and exuberant as ever on his triumphant return in a flat maiden at  Navan, where the favourite hacked up to win by eight lengths.

Horses who race prominently can have an advantage around the tight track at Galway, and Felix Desjy will have company at the head of the field, with Petit Mouchoir also entered. Elliott’s charge beat Aramon as a novice, and will now be gaining four pounds on his rival at the weights. Felix Desjy should go very well.

2020 Guinness Handicap Hurdle Odds

No odds available yet

2020 Guinness Handicap Hurdle Tips

The Storyteller is clearly the class-act in this handicap, but he will be giving stacks of weight to what looks a dangerous field. 

There’s no betting currently available for this handicap, so we’ll come back and update it when there are some odds available. I’d be very interested to see what odds the bookies hand to FOVEROS. Willie Mullins’ charge won twice here at Galway last season, and didn’t run too badly on his warm-up for the Galway Festival at the Curragh.

Foveros ran in a Grade Three over three miles at Limerick last season, and remains open to improvement over hurdles. He looks very well-handicapped with just 10-08 on his back. 

2020 Galway Festival FAQs

When is the Galway Festival?

The 2020 Galway Festival starts on Monday 27th July and ends on Sunday 2nd August.

What races are run at the Galway Festival?

There's always a mixture of flat and jump races at the Galway Festival. The two big races are the Galway Festival and the Galway Hurdle.

How long is the Galway Festival?

The Galway Festival is the longest meeting in Britain and Ireland, lasting seven days.

Where can I get tips for the Galway Festival?

We'll have tips for all of the major races during the 2020 Galway Festival. You can access all of our content for free, along with details on how to stream the racing live.


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