Galway Plate runner-by-runner guide as Easy Game heads the weights for Wednesday’s 6.40

22 runners. 1 Galway Plate.

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Willie Mullins’ Easy Game heads the weights for the Galway Plate as the Closutton handler bids to land the lucrative race for the second year on the bounce.

A bumper field of 21 go to post in Wednesday’s 6.40 at Galway and it should be a cracking renewal with the likes of last year’s Paddy Power Plate winner The Shunter and Sandown Gold Cup scorer Hewick among the runners.

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There are also plenty of progressive horses towards the bottom of the weights including Gordon Elliott pair Ash Tree Meadow and Hurricane Georgie who will both attempt to bring up a four-timer.

The Galway Plate looks a proper head scratcher with many quality contenders and you can run the rule over the field by studying Timeform’s runner-by-runner guide below.

Galway Plate runners

Easy Game

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Jack Foley Age: 8 Weight: 11st 12lbs

Thirteen wins from 30 NH runs. 2/9, won 4-runner chase at Tramore (22.1f, good) 24 days ago, easily. Not taken lightly in his bid for a five-timer for last year’s winning yard.

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Gabynako

Trainer: Gavin Patrick Cromwell Jockey: Keith Donoghue Age: 7 Weight: 11st 7lbs

3/1, respectable third of 6 to Blue Lord in Barberstown Castle Novices’ Chase (Colliers) at Punchestown (16f, good to soft) 90 days ago. Significantly up in trip. Much respected on his handicap chase debut.

***

Hewick

Trainer: John Joseph Hanlon Jockey: Jordan Colin Gainford Age: 7 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Four wins from 10 runs last season. Latest win in chase at Sandown in April. 9/4, good second of 14 in handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe (25f, good to soft) 57 days ago. Switches to chasing and in the mix.

***

Daly Tiger

Trainer: Noel Meade Jockey: E. Walsh Age: 9 Weight: 11st 6lbs

Six wins from 22 NH runs. Latest win in hurdle at Limerick in December. 9/2, running below form when fell 2 out in Imperial Call Chase at Cork (24f, heavy) 101 days ago. Others appeal more.

**

Cape Gentleman

Trainer: Emmet Mullins Jockey: Donagh Meyler Age: 6 Weight: 11st 4lbs

7/2, fell 4 out in Drinmore Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse (19.8f, good) won by Beacon Edge, looking sure to be placed. Off 8 months. Makes handicap chase debut. Merits consideration.

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The Shunter

Trainer: Emmet Mullins Jockey: M. P. Walsh Age: 9 Weight: 11st 4lbs

Very smart chaser who arrives on back of win in 13f Sligo maiden on his belated Flat debut in May. Enters calculations.

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Annamix

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: D. E. Mullins Age: 9 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Fourteen runs since last win in 2020. Ninth of 13 in handicap chase at Punchestown (21.2f, good to soft, 10/1) 91 days ago. Others appeal more.

**

El Barra

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: P. Townend Age: 8 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Two wins from 5 runs last season. 8/1, career best when winning 15-runner handicap chase at Punchestown (21f, good to soft) 89 days ago, readily. In the picture for yard who took this event 12 months ago.

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Notebook

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: C. Brassil Age: 9 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Very smart chaser but below-par third of 4 to Easy Game in minor event chase (4/1) at Tramore (22.1f, good) 24 days ago. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Can give another good account.

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Ronald Pump

Trainer: Matthew J. Smith Jockey: Sam Ewing Age: 9 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Fourteen runs since last win in 2019. 14/1, running well when fell last in handicap chase at Fairyhouse (29.2f, good to soft) 100 days ago. Down in trip. Looks competitive on form.

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A Wave Of The Sea

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: Mr H. C. Swan Age: 6 Weight: 11st 1lbs

50/1, respectable sixth of 11 to Santa Rossa in Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary (16f, good to soft) 27 days ago. Switches from hurdles to chase. Blinkers back on with more required.

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Battleoverdoyen

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Davy Russell Age: 9 Weight: 11st 1lbs

C&D winner. Eight wins from 22 NH runs. 18/1, respectable seventh of 14 to Hurricane Georgie in handicap chase at Kilbeggan (25f, good to soft) 19 days ago. No forlorn hope.

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Castlegrace Paddy

Trainer: P. A. Fahy Jockey: B. J. Cooper Age: 11 Weight: 11st 1lbs

Won 5-runner maiden (5/2) at Killarney (14.1f, good) on Flat debut 15 days ago, going clear. Switches to chasing and not ruled out.

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Darasso

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: L. P. Dempsey Age: 9 Weight: 11st 0lbs

Below-par seventh of 11 to Santa Rossa in Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary (16f, good to soft, 9/1) 27 days ago. Switches from hurdles to chase. Blinkers back on and needs to step forward.

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Early Doors

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: NON-RUNNER Age: 9 Weight: 11st 0lbs

NON-RUNNER

Exelerator Express

Trainer: Neil Mulholland Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Age: 8 Weight: 10st 11lbs

Two wins from 6 runs last season. Good third of 5 in handicap chase at Perth (23.8f, good, 9/4) 52 days ago, finishing well. Cheekpieces on 1st time and one to consider.

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Hurricane Georgie

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 5 Weight: 10st 11lbs

8/1, career best when winning 14-runner handicap chase at Kilbeggan (25f, good to soft) 19 days ago, forging clear. Not taken lightly.

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The Jam Man

Trainer: Ronan M. P. McNally Jockey: K. C. Sexton Age: 9 Weight: 10st 11lbs

Ten wins from 39 NH runs. Eighth of 9 in minor event (9/2) at Fairyhouse (13.6f, good to soft) 21 days ago. Switches from Flat to chase. Blinkers on 1st time. Needs to bounce back.

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Ash Tree Meadow

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Sean Flanagan Age: 6 Weight: 10st 10lbs

Fast improving chaser who easily completed his hat-trick in 5-runner chase at Killarney (17f, good) 12 days ago. Good jumper. Significantly up in trip and weighted to have a big say. Exciting prospect.

*****

Fire Attack

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: S. Fitzgerald Age: 7 Weight: 10st 10lbs

Career best when winning 6-runner handicap chase (13/8) at Punchestown (21f, good) 59 days ago, well on top finish. Solid claims.

***

Gin On Lime

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 6 Weight: 10st 10lbs

Five wins from 7 runs last season. Latest win in chase at Cheltenham in November. Creditable second of 5 in minor event chase (8/13) at Limerick (19.7f, good) 61 days ago. Much respected on her handicap chase debut.

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Discordantly

Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: Denis O’Regan Age: 8 Weight: 10st 9lbs

C&D winner. Latest win in chase at Leopardstown in March. 14/1, good second of 13 in handicap chase at Punchestown (21.2f, good to soft) 91 days ago. Considered.

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Galway Plate tips

Timeform: A fiercely competitive Galway Plate. Gordon Elliott has won three of the past six runnings and his fast improving young chaser ASH TREE MEADOW can add to that record by completing his four-timer off a favourable mark and gain much his biggest prize yet. El Barra appeals as the pick of the Willie Mullins challengers and heads the list of dangers, although The Shunter, Easy Game, Hurricane Georgie and Ronald Pump all warrant plenty of respect.

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