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Dublin: 15 °C Monday 6 July, 2020

President Higgins among another bumper crowd at a sun-drenched Galway Races

The sun was out in Ballybrit as a 16/1 shot won the feature race.

THE BIG WINNER on day three of the Galway festival was Shanahan’s Turn as the Henry de Bromhead trained 7-year-old stormed to the Galway Plate this afternoon.

The 16/1 shot, with Jonathan Burke aboard, defied a series of disappointing results to come home a convincing winner by five and a half lengths.

The Paparrazi Kid was second with Sadler’s Risk third.

The festival continues tomorrow with the highlight on Ladies Day being the Galway Hurdle Handicap.

Earlier, Thomas Hobson made it another good day for the Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh pairing as the 11-10 favourite won the Maiden Hurdle.

Nice bit of silverware for JJ Burke’s mantelpiece

Jonathan Burke celebrates after winning the Galway Plate on board Shanahan's Turn Source: James Crombie/INPHO

After he guided the relatively unfancied Shanahan’s Turn to a big win

Jonathan Burke on board Shanahan's Turn Source: James Crombie/INPHO

AP McCoy was among another large crowd at Ballybrit

Tony McCoy Source: James Crombie/INPHO

As was President Michael D Higgins

Bill Martin meets Michael D Higgins Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Layla Kenny from Offaly was determined to pick a winner as she studied the form book along with her brothers

Reece, Layla and Cody Kenny Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Organisers say attendances are already up on last year, although today’s good weather out west was undoubtedly a factor in another bumper crowd

A view of racegoers in the parade ring Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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