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Our 9/1 tip for the Galway Races today

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the 5.30pm at Ballybrit this evening

Shanpallas is our tip today.
Shanpallas is our tip today.
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YESTERDAY WE HELPED you to pick up some nice each-way money as Baraweez fell just short of winning the Topaz mile but today we’re hoping to go one better in the feature race, the €220,000 Galway Plate which starts at 5.30pm.

The class horse in the two mile six furlong race is Alelchi Inois who is rightly installed as 6/1 favourite for the €134,000 first prize following six wins in his last eight races, including two in Ballybrit. 

Ruby Walsh had his choice of Willie Mullins’ runners and it’s telling he has picked the French seven-year old over the likes of The Paparrazi Kid (14/1) and Boston Bob (18/1).

However, there are significant question marks over the favourite whose successes have come in smaller fields than he’ll face today (22 runners) though his price will still tempt many.

Gigginstown haven’t had much success in this race but they do have two decent shouts in Rule The World (8/1) and Make A Track (14/1).

The former has a runner up spot in the Irish Grand National under his belt while the latter has won his last two for Gordon Elliott and always seems to be there or there abouts at the business end of a race.

Though we are tempted by Make A Track, three of the last five winners of this race have been seven-year olds and Shanpallas (9/1) is really well handicapped as Barry Geraghty looks to finally end his duck in the Plate.

Add in the fact the trip looks ideal and you have yourself another decent each-way shout.

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