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 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 Tips Racing 2020

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.

Best Bookmakers for Galway Festival Betting

Galway betting shares the spotlight with Glorious Goodwood on a busy week for bookmakers. There will have plenty of Galway Free Bets and special offers for new customers. Paddy Power, Coral and William Hill also have excellent Galway Betting Offers for existing customers including price boosts and enhanced place terms on the big handicaps.

The Galway Festival is a great time to take advantage of some of the fantastic Galway Free Bets by opening new betting accounts. Bet365 and Unibet are among the best for special offers. If you deposit and stake up to £100 on Galway bets with Bet365, they will match your stake with up to £100 in free bets! Place a £10 Galway bet with Unibet and they will provide you with £40 in free bets. Check the terms and conditions for full details.

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.