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
*Odds taken from Unibet on 21/7/20*
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2020 Galway Plate Tips
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
*Odds taken from William Hill on 21/7/20*
2020 Galway Hurdle Tips
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.