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A total of 22 runners are set to tackle the Galway Plate on the third day of the Galway Races 2021 – and Paddy’s paying SIX places!
Paddy Power Plate winner The Shunter heads the betting from the likes of Royal Rendezvous and Koshari while dual Cheltenham Festival champ Samcro is among the big field that’ll go to post – but who are Paddy Power pundits and analysts backing?
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Mick Fitzgerald: “I feel like a cheat deserting The Shunter as he has been really good to us, winning at the Cheltenham Festival when ridden by a 7lb claimer. He is again ridden by a 3lb claimer, Simon Torrens, who is excellent value, but still races off a mark 16lbs higher then that Cheltenham win.
“The one that I have gone far is BATTLEOVERDOYEN. He looked so good when winning at Down Royal last autumn and if you look at some of his form it is absolutely top drawer. It’s really interesting that connections are running him and I expect him to go very close at a nice price.”
Ruby Walsh: “Both Koshari and The Shunter could struggle with jumping fences, rather than hurdles, now. Top Moon has been heavily tipped up but A Wave Of The Sea, who is a reserve, beat him at Leopardstown.
“The one I like in an each-way punt is ANNAMIX. Patrick Mullins rides for Willie and he’s a big price. He’s had a little break and is in really good order at home. He’s a good each-way play in a wide-open race.”
The Racing Post: “For all that Samcro has become hard to predict, he is a dual Cheltenham Festival scorer who brings a lot a class to the table and is partnered by one of the best claimers in the business. He seems to be best fresh and can go well here provided there isn’t too much rain.
“JP McManus is responsible for five of the 22 declared runners. The Shunter has achieved more than TOP MOON but the latter is a coming force and has hinted at bagging a major prize such as this for a while. There was a lot to like about his victory at Wexford and he could be hitting form at the right time. Last year’s runner-up Royal Rendezvous appears to have been laid out for this again and rates the pick of Willie Mullins’ six.”
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