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Dublin: 16 °C Saturday 4 July, 2020

The rain came to Galway today for Day 2 of the festival

Our 9/1 tip returned some nice each-way money.

HINT OF A Tint took the feature on day 2 of the Galway festival, as the punters were treated all four seasons at Ballybrit.

The 6/1 shot with Wayne Lordan on the saddle came home to take the €120,000 Galway Plate for trainer David Wachman and owner Sue-Ann Fokey, daughter of JP McManus.

Those of you that paid attention to this morning will have come away with a few quid also, after our 9/1 each-way tip Baraweez came in second.

With a mix of bucketing rain and blistering sunshine, it made for some great photos out west.

Punters shelter from a rain shower Source: James Crombie/INPHO

But after some heavy showers, the sun finally came out.

A view of punters reflected in a puddle Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins took the opener, with Long Dog proving his short odds of 1/2 to be well placed by winning the Topaz Novice Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh on board Long Dog Source: James Crombie/INPHO

As usual in Galway, the form was studied meticulously.

Punters study the form Source: James Crombie/INPHO

And if they were on the ball, they would have backed Matthew Smith and Empresario at 12/1 to win the Latin Quarter Beginners Steeplechase.

Matthew Smith on board Empresario on his way to winning Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Emmett McNamara was celebrating after holding off the 13/8 favourite to win the Topaz European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden on Now or Never at odds of 12/1.

Emmet McNamara on board Now Or Never wins Source: James Crombie/INPHO

By the time the feature Topaz Mile came around, the sun was out. Wayne Lordan kisses the trophy after winning on Hint of a Tint.

Wayne Lordan with the trophy after winning Source: James Crombie/INPHO

And judging by the crowd, there were a few punters counting the winnings.

Fans at the races Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Blanchardstown-born Gary Halpin rode the winner of the 7f Caulfield nsurance Athlone handicap, coming in on 10/1 shot Beau Satchel.

Gary Halpin on board Beau Satchel Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Aisling and Jessica Berry from Dublin gets some advice from bookie Clodine McGrane. Benkei took the last race of the day

Aisling and Jessica Berry from Dublin gets some advice from bookie Clodine McGrane Source: James Crombie/INPHO

We’ll leave it there so: Camogie coin toss farce, and the rest of Tuesday’s sport

The #AskTed hashtag was a glorious highlight of yesterday’s Galway Races

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Neil Treacy

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