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It’s one of the most valuable races of the whole week at the Galway Races – and Paddy Power pundits and analysts have run the rule over today’s 6.15pm.
A field of 20 runners are set to go to post in the Galway Hurdle, with a €147,500 prize on offer to winning connections.
To help you make your selection, we’ve rounded up the top tips from Paddy’s pals and you can find their best bets below.
Mick Fitzgerald: “CAPE GENTLEMAN has done us a few favours already this season. I was keen on his chances at Royal Ascot but the race didn’t work out for him. He won a Grade 2 at Kempton before missing Cheltenham and disappointing in a handicap at the Punchestown Festival. This is a good horse and his handicap mark of 140, especially with Kevin Brogan taking 5lbs off, has to give him every chance.”
Ruby Walsh: “CALL ME LYREEN of Denise Foster is an interesting proposition, especially with Jack Kennedy on board. I’m also looking at Henry de Bromhead’s ANNEXATION, where Hugh Morgan takes the ride. They’re two good second-season novices.”
Timeform: “A cracking handicap in which WINNER TAKES ITALL is fancied to follow up his emphatic Bellewstown hurdles victory earlier in the month given he looked right back to being the useful Flat performer of 2020 there. Willie Mullins has a good record in this event so his Ciel De Neige is feared most ahead of Call Me Lyreen and Cape Gentleman.”
The Racing Post: “A race bursting with class. MAGIC TRICKS (NAP) has not shown his hand fully and could be capable of coming alive on the big stage for his top connections. Everything looks in place for a massive run. At the opposite end of the handicap, Saldier sets a high standard being a dual Grade 1 winner while the locally-trained Sole Pretender is interesting under a top claimer after warming up for this with victory in the Grimes Hurdle. Belfast Banter, Milkwood and Winner Takes Itall are just a handful of others who boast solid claims but Magic Tricks is a confident selection.”
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