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Our 6/1 tip for the Galway Races today

Is today the day that our luck finally changes?

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

GALWAY HASN’T EXACTLY been a punter’s paradise this week and so far, we’ve had to settle for some small each-way returns on our tips.

We’re not losing you any money so no harm done, right?

Let’s hope that fortunes change today and what better place to start than with the first race of the day (13.50), a 2m6f beginners chase that looks wide open on the face of it.

The likely favourite, Willie Mullins’ As de Ferbet, is quickly becoming an enigma. He has been sent off favourite in three maiden chases since arriving from France — twice at odds of 4/6 — but had to settle for second place on all three occasions.

That form sets him apart from the field but there are plenty of others primed to take advantage if he does not progress.

Shantou Flyer has been more accustomed to hurdles than the bigger obstacles and anyone tempted to have him onside at 3/1 will need to consider the patchy jumping he showed in his two chase starts.

Shark Hanlon’s Clondaw Farmer has the benefit of a Galway win on his CV after nabbing a bumper prize by a short head here 12 months ago. He followed up to win a maiden hurdle at Down Royal shortly after, and now re-emerges over fences after almost a year off the track.

But the real eye-catcher in the field comes, unsurprisingly, from Dermot Weld’s yard. WAAHEB was disappointing here on Tuesday when he made two mistakes before unseating Mark Walsh.

The eight-year-old has been around the block for a few seasons now, and was highly regarded in the race won by Empresario. There are obvious concerns about the 48-hour turnaround but Weld is a shrewd operator, particularly when it comes to Ballybrit, and you can be sure that this is a calculated move.

If Waaheb can brush up on his jumping, he’s a live contender at his current odds of 6/1 (11/2 in places).

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