Galway Racing Tips: Galway Tips For All 7 Days
Our experts provide you with our best Galway racing tips for this summer’s big Irish horse racing spectacle. Racing Tips will also provide you with news, betting offers and betting updates for every race over the 7 days.
Galway Festival Tips
The Galway Festival is one of the highlights of the summer for Irish Racing fans with over 150,000 spectators drawn to Ballybrit Racecourse over the seven days. Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic means that the public cannot attend the Galway Festival 2020. There are some changes to the race programme this year with the final two days being set aside exclusively for flat racing.
The Galway Plate over an extended two and three-quarter miles on Wednesday is the big handicap chase of the week. This valuable prize regularly attracts good quality chasers from the top yards in Ireland. The Galway Hurdle is the feature race on Thursday, a very competitive handicap over two miles.
Trainer Willie Mullins is the man to follow for your Galway Tips. In 2019 Mullins saddled ten winners at the meeting, confirming his title as the ‘King of Ballybrit’. He was out of luck in the two feature races with Gordon Elliott claiming the Galway Plate and Tony Martin winning the Galway Hurdle.
Galway Tips Day 1
The most valuable race on the opening day is the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap over an extended two miles. Willie Mullins won this in 2019 with Great White Shark and saddled favourite Mr Adjudicator to finish an unlucky fourth.
Joseph O’Brien was on the mark with Linger, a winning favourite in the Easyfix Handicap Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong. He went close to a double when Syrena just failed to reel in 20-1 shot Galtee Mist in the Claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap.
Galway Tips Day 2
The feature race on day 2 is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap. Adrian McGuinness and Colin Keane teamed up with 9-1 Saltonstall to win this valuable prize in 2019. Willie Mullins won this race in successive seasons with Riven Light in 2017 and 2018.
Mullins was on the mark in the opening Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle with Fast Buck, a listed race over two miles and half a furlong. It was his fourth winner of the race in the past five seasons, the pick of them being subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winner Penhill (2016).
Galway Tips Day 3
The third day of the Galway Festival is Galway Plate Day, the most prestigious race of the week. The Plate was first run in 1869 and always provides a thrilling spectacle. Gordon Elliott’s Borice won a high class renewal in 2019 when beating the Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton. It was a third victory in the race in four seasons for Elliott following Lord Scoundrel (2016) and Clarcam (2018).
Notable past winners include Carlingford Lough (2013), Road To Riches (2014) and Balko Des Flos (2017). Carlingford Lough was the last winning favourite in the Galway Plate. The supporting card includes the EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle, won by Bercasa for Thomas and David Mullins last year.
Galway Plate Tips
Gordon Elliott’s recent run of success in the Galway Plate makes his entries a good place to start for your Galway Plate tips. The race is usually won by a safe jumper carrying less than 11 stone, often with winning form at Grade 2 level. Horses aged seven and eight have the best recent record, winning six of the last seven renewals.
Galway Tips Day 4
Day 4 of the Galway Festival is Ladies’ Day and features the Galway Hurdle, the most valuable prize of the week. Tony Martin and Robbie Power won the big race in 2019 with 10-1 shot Tudor City. Martin also won this race with the well-backed Thomas Edison (2014) and Quick Jack (2015).
Willie Mullins has also enjoyed success in the Galway Hurdle with Clondaw Warrior (2016) and Sharjah (2018). Other notable winners include Overturn (2010) and Missunited (2013). Mullins was also on the mark in the Grade 3 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase with even-money favourite Wicklow Brave.
Galway Hurdle Tips
Trainer Tony Martin is a shrewd judge of a handicap and is very adept at handling dual-purpose horses. Entries from his stable are worth considering for your Galway Hurdle Tips while any runners from the Willie Mullins yard will also feature in the Galway Hurdle odds. A high percentage of winners had finished in the top three on their most recent outing.
Galway Tips Day 5
The highlight of day 5 of the Galway Festival is the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase over the same trip as the Galway Plate. Willie Mullins claimed yet another valuable prize at this meeting with Minella Beau in 2019, returned 4-1 favourite. Henry De Bromhead trained back-to-back winners of this race with On Fiddlers Green (2016) and Riviera Sun (2017).
Mullins completed a big race double when Mr Adjudicator made amends for an unlucky defeat in the Galway Hurdle to take the Guinness Handicap. It was his fourth winner in the last five renewals of this race including the well-backed Whiskey Sour in 2017.
Galway Tips Day 6
The weekend action is exclusively for flat racing this year, starting with a seven-race card on Saturday. The feature race is the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap, won in 2019 by Great Trango. The favourite was Great White Shark who finished third when attempting to land his second big prize of the meeting.
Willie Mullins has won four times in this race since 2013, notably with Low Sun in 2018. That horse went on to win the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket in the same season. Aidan O’Brien saddled a quick-fire treble on the corresponding card in 2019 with Emperor Of The Sun, Lancaster House and Royal County Down.
Galway Tips Day 7
The seven-day festival concludes with a second day of flat racing, featuring the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap over seven furlongs. The race produced a 20-1 shock in 2019 when Laughifuwant struck for Gerard Keane and Seamie Heffernan. Brian Ellison plundered this prize for four consecutive seasons with Baraweez (2014, 2015) and Dream Walker (2016, 2017). Pintura (2012) and Safe Voyage (2018) also rewarded connections for a trip across the Irish Sea.
The EBF Median Auction Maiden for two-year-olds proved exceptional in 2019 when Alpine Star beat Santiago. The winner was an emphatic winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot this summer while Santiago won the Queen’s Vase before following up in the Irish Derby.
Galway Live Streaming
No spectators will be permitted at Galway 2020 but RTE will provide free to air coverage on all seven days. If don’t have access to RTE, you can still watch your Galway Bets through the live streaming offered by bookmakers. For a small minimum stake (typically £1) you will be able to watch any race live on your computer or mobile device. For more detailed information, check your bookmaker’s website.
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How to Bet on Galway
If you are looking for Galway tips, look no further than the stable of Willie Mullins. He assumed the title as the ‘King of Ballybrit’ from Dermot Weld who saddled a record 17 winners at the meeting in 2014. Mullins has twice managed 12 winners at the Galway Festival so don’t be surprised to see him dominate once again in 2020.
Aidan O’Brien has relatively few runners here but any entries from the Ballydoyle stable are well worth noting. He had 6 winners in 2019 and is not averse to running some very promising two-year-olds here. The course itself is very tight and constantly on the turn so there are inevitably traffic problems in large fields.
Galway racecourse tends to favour speedy types who like to race up with the pace, both on the flat and over jumps. When betting on the flat, the draw bias is worth noting for your Galway betting tips. A low draw is an advantage in races up to a mile and previous course form is another key factor.
Galway Races FAQ’s
Is the Galway Festival cancelled?
No. The Galway Festival 2020 will go ahead but no spectators will be allowed.
What date is the Galway Festival?
Galway 2020 is scheduled for Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August.
Where is the Galway Festival held?
The Galway Festival takes place at Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway.
What is the highlight of the Galway Festival?
The two highest profile races of the Galway Festival are the Galway Plate on Wednesday and the Galway Hurdle on Thursday.
Can you buy tickets for the Galway Festival 2020?
No. Galway 2020 is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Royal Ascot Tips
As the flat racing action rolls in thick and fast, you’ll want to keep up to speed with the betting for all the grade one races, and indeed every race of Royal Ascot 2020. Fortunately, Racing Tips are offering a whole host of Ascot tips on each of the five days, ensuring you get the most bang for your buck.
Alongside features and race previews, you’ll see these hot tips across our site and can wager and cash in as you please amidst the thrilling racing drama. .
Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips
The final day of Royal Ascot action brings five days of unrelenting entertainment to an end, albeit with a bang. With the Alexandra Stakes acting as the finale to the pinnacle of the flat racing season, get in on the day five betting action with our Royal Ascot tips and live streaming services.
|Time||Race||Our Tip||Place Bet|
|12:40pm||Silver Wokingham||Nahaarr||Place Bet|
|1:15pm||Queen Mary Stakes||Wings Of A Dove||Place Bet|
|1:50pm||Coventry Stakes||Painless Potter||Place Bet|
|2:25pm||Coronation Stakes||Run Wild||Place Bet|
|3:00pm||St James’ Palace Stakes||Threat||Place Bet|
|3:35pm||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Speak In Colours||Place Bet|
|4:10pm||Wokingham Handicap||Silent Echo||Place Bet|
|4:40pm||Queen Alexandra Stakes||The Grand Visir||Place Bet|
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Royal Ascot Dates & Racing Schedule
In order to make the most of our free bets and various Ascot odds, you’ll want to make sure you’re all clued up on when every single race of the day unfolds.
Indeed, each day will offer seven swashbuckling races, with the final day of drama – Royal Ascot day 5 – offering eight. What’s more, the action will kick off at 1:15pm each day, culminating at 4:40pm to provide viewers with an afternoon worthy of all the talent and entertainment on offer.
Across this mid-June racing bonanza, you’ll be able to catch every moment of racing action, as well as all the best Ascot tips. However, if you’re unable to grace the enclosures of Berkshire yourself, well…
Royal Ascot Live Streaming
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Royal Ascot History
Royal Ascot as we know it today has been shaped by years of historical changes, celebrations, legislations, and figures.
Indeed, it was Queen Anne in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse at East Cote. She declared that the setting seemed the perfect place for ‘horses to gallop at full stretch’ and bought the land for a, then, large amount of £558, demanding it to be cleared and prepped for racing.
The men who were put to the task were led by none other than William Lowen. With Lowen and his team of helpers on hand, the first permanent building was erected successfully in 1793.
From there on, things developed quickly, with her Majesty’s Plate – one of the first races to become ingrained in Ascot tradition – featuring three separate heats, becoming an annual event which we now see leading the Ascot tips.
July Festival Tips
Looking for the latest news and tips for the July Meeting? Our team of experts will cover every race during Newmarket’s premier summer Festival, reporting any breaking news, betting developments and providing expert insight into the 2019 July Meeting.
Day One Tips
|1:50pm Bahrain Trophy||EAGLES BY DAY||GET 9/4 HERE|
|2:25pm July Stakes||KING NEPTUNE||GET 14/1 HERE|
|3:00pm bet365 Handicap||MAGICAL WISH||GET 12/1 HERE|
|3:35pm Princess Of Wales’s Stakes||MASAR||GET 6/5 HERE|
|4:05pm Maiden Stakes||DAILY TIMES||GET 9/2 HERE|
|4:40pm Sir Henry Cecil Stakes||TURGENEV||GET 11/4 HERE|
|5:10pm John Deere & Ben Burgess Handicap||WINGS OF TIME||GET 4/1 HERE|
2019 July Cup Tips
It’s easy to see why Advertise heads the Newmarket betting, after his return to top form in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. The beaten favourite that day was TEN SOVEREIGNS, who failed to live up to the hype with a rather limp display. The betting suggests the bookies have lost faith in Aidan O’Brien’s colt, which is rather unfair on the back of just one understandably poor outing and he looks the most dangerously overpriced contender in this year’s July Cup.
2019 July Meeting Day One Tips
Plenty went wrong at the start of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for returning Epsom Derby hero MASAR who stumbled badly and almost unseated James Doyle leaving the stalls; but the pair recovered and remained competitive until well inside the final furlong before a lack of fitness told late on.
Charlie Appleby’s charge ought to prove a lot sharper for that reappearance, and while there is a slight worry that this outing could come too soon less than three weeks on from those exertions, if he is none the worse for that reappearance effort and can build on the run then he could take plenty of beating here.
More Day One Tips
All of the previous four Bahrain Trophy winners took part in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. EAGLES BY DAY stayed on beyond Private Secretary and Pablo Escobar to place third in that Group Two and I think Michael Bell’s charge has an excellent chance of claiming a first major victory as he drops down in class on Thursday.
It was a performance of budding maturity in a race much deeper and more competitive than this. Eagles By Day really enjoyed the firm ground when winning nicely at Salisbury at the start of the year and this trip seems to be ideal. Michael Bell has a solid record at the July Meeting and Danny Tudhope, one of the stand-out jockeys at Royal Ascot, has been operating at a near-30% strike rate ever since. Eagles By Day looks a good-thing to me!
Day Two Tips
|1:50pm bet365 Handicap||ALLMANKIND||GET 16/1 HERE|
|2:25pm Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes||DAAHYEH||GET 13/8 HERE|
|3:00pm bet365 Trophy||BEN VRACKIE||GET 11/4 HERE|
|3:35pm Falmouth Stakes||BESHAAYIR||GET 4/1 HERE|
|4:10pm Maiden Stakes||AL SUHAIL||SP|
More Day Two Tips
3:00pm bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f
It will be very interesting to see how King’s Advice gets on after his winning run came to an end in the Northumberland Plate and it’s also worth watching the progressive Outbox very closely. Both appeal at each-way prices, yet, the stage looks set for BEN VRACKIE (NAP) to prove his class in the inaugural running on this staying handicap.
Unraced as a two-year-old, John Gosden waited until July last year to hand Ben Vrackie his stable debut. Gosden’s imposing colt got off the mark at the third time of asking with a superb 11-length triumph on the all-weather at Kempton, before following up with a narrow defeat to Maid Up in the Group Three March Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Ben Vrackie then made his reappearance in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes and, although he was defeated by Baghdad, Gosden’s colt ran a sensational race. A sluggish start saw Frankie Dettori’s mount sitting miles off the pace, treading a path some five horse widths off the rail for much of that mile-and-a-half trip. Few horses made up ground from such an unfavourable position during the entire meeting, but Ben Vrackie picked up brilliantly, powering home down the centre of the track, coming within a head of upsetting Mark Johnston’s favourite.
This four-year-old son of Frankel clocked an RPR of 109 on his final start as a three-year-old and managed an even more impressive mark of 113 when second at Ascot. This suggests Ben Vrackie could still be well-handicapped running off his official rating of 104 and I expect the favourite to score nicely over this extended trip.
The Moët & Chandon July Festival
Once the historic Epsom Derby meeting and the glitz and glamour of Royal Ascot have come and gone, Newmarket opens their famous gates to the public in the second week of July, hosting their popular The Moët & Chandon July Festival.
There are two racetracks inside the confines of Newmarket racecourse. The Rowley Mile is more celebrated, staging races like the 2000 and 1000 Guineas. The July Festival, however, will be held on the July course and a handful of top honours will be up for grabs during the three-day meeting.
Day one at the July Festival is recognised as Ladies Day, where female racegoers are encouraged to wear their finest garments and enter various style pageants. The Bahrain Trophy gets the action on the track underway, before the Arqana July Stakes and the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes provide entrants with the chance to claim a lucrative, Group Two prize.
Feel Good Friday starts with a bang, with the Silver Bunbury Cup preceding the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. The headline race on day two at Newmarket is the Group One Falmouth Stakes – a one mile contest which has been won by some of the sport’s finest fillies, including Sonic Lady, Soviet Song and Goldikova.
The third and final day of the July Festival opens up with the Superlative Stakes and the Bunbury Cup, two excellent races which provide a thrilling prelude to the main event of the meeting – the July Cup.
This historic sprint was first staged in 1876 and often attracts the fastest and finest sprinters from around the world. The ITV Racing team will be situated in Newmarket to capture this prestigious Group One and all the big races during the July Meeting. It truly is an event not to be missed.
2019 July Festival Dates
Two Group Ones headline the three-day Festival. Saturday’s July Cup is the premier race of Newmarket’s meeting, with Friday’s Falmouth Stakes boasting an impressive roll of honour of its own.
Four Group Twos will be up for grabs during the July Festival, with the Arqana July Stakes remaining one of the most important two-year-old contests during the season. The Group Three Bahrain Trophy will give St Leger hopefuls the chance to impress, with the Listed Henry Cecil stakes another major race during the July Festival.
Saturday’s Bunbury Cup is the biggest handicap of the meeting, along with the bet365 Heritage Handicap. July Festival dates watchers will notice another bet365 Handicap Stakes has been inserted into the July Festival and will occupy the penultimate slot on day two.
The ITV Racing team will be in attendance at Newmarket to capture the best of the action during all three July Festival dates, making the 2018 July Festival an event you really can’t afford to miss.
Thursday 11th July – Ladies’ Day
13:50 Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) (3yo) 1m5f
14:25 ARQANA July Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 6f
15:00 bet365 Handicap Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 6f
15:35 Princess of Wales’s ARQANA Racing Club Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
16:10 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 2) 6f
16:45 Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed) (3yo) 1m
17:20 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 5f
Friday 12th July – Feel Good Friday
13:50 bet365 (Silver Bunbury Cup) Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 7f
14:25 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 6f
15:00 bet365 Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 1m2f
15:35 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (British Champion Series) 1m
16:10 Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 3) (2yo) 7f
16:45 Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 1m6f
17:20 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 1m
Saturday 13th July – July Cup Day
13:05 bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 7f
13:40 bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 7f
14:15 Darley July Cup (Group 1) (British Champion Series) 6f
14:50 Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 2) 7f
15:20 bet365 Mile Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 1m
15:55 Spa at Bedford Lodge British EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 7f
16:30 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 1m4f