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A bumper field of 21 take their chance in the Galway Plate, but who do Paddy’s pundits fancy to come out on top?
Grand National-winning trainer Emmet Mullins has a couple of leading fancies in the form of Cape Gentleman and The Shunter, Willie Mullins fires three darts at Wednesday’s 6.40 at Galway as he bids to win for a second year on the bounce, while Gordon Elliott has a couple of progressive runners towards the bottom of the weights.
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Early Doors, the winner of the 2020 renewal, was the subject of a gamble on Wednesday morning but Joseph Patrick O’Brien was forced to scratch his charge due to a temperature.
The latest renewal of the Galway Plate looks a proper punting puzzle but, thankfully, our horse racing experts have given us their tips best bets. You can find their fancies plus the latest prices on our snazzy widgets below.
Galway Plate tips
Mick Fitzgerald: Cape Gentleman is among the market leaders for the shrewd Emmet Mullins, but fell last time and that is an issue coming into a race like the Galway Plate. This is a no ‘hiding place’ contest where space is very much at a premium and if you ride one that’s a little bit timid, it’s far from ideal. EL BARRA is my selection on the back of a very strong performance at the Punchestown Festival. He is higher in the weights now, but his mark is within his capabilities.
Frank Hickey: It’s not impossible to carry 11st to victory in this but last year was the first one in a while. I like FIRE ATTACK, who carries 10st 10lbs and Shane Fitzgerald is a good claimer taking off 3lbs. He won his chase debut and unseated in the Grade 1 at Limerick behind Master McShee, he then ran OK behind Ciel De Neige – rated in the mid 150s – and I liked the way he travelled and jumped at Punchestown last time. It’s very competitive but Fire Attack has a bit of scope to be a bit better than a 144 horse.
Racing Post: Quite the puzzle as one might expect. Emmet Mullins might never have as strong a hand again with Cape Gentleman and The Shunter. Midlands National winner Hurricane Georgie and the highly promising Ash Tree Meadow give Gordon Elliott sound options. Fire Attack is very promising but is not the only string to Joseph O’Brien’s bow with last year’s fifth Darasso and 2020 winner Early Doors both vying. Arkle runner-up Gabynako and bet365 Gold Cup winner Hewick also appeal. But this could once again come down to Willie Mullins. Top-weight Easy Game is in terrific form as he attempts to go one better than last year, but EL BARRA put up a commanding performance to win the Grade A at Punchestown in April, is the choice of Paul Townend, and looks the one to beat.
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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