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GALWAY | A handful of Cheltenham Festival runners hold entries in the Galway Hurdle on Thursday

Several Prestbury Park attendees could feature in the 2m Handicap Hurdle at Galway on Thursday evening

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12 Runners who competed at the Cheltenham Festival could return to action on Thursday evening, as they hold entries in the Grade A Galway Hurdle.

County Hurdle winner Belfast Banter holds favouritism for the contest, after delivering in Grade 1 company on his last start.

watch: belfast banter wins the county hurdle [credit: racing tv]

The six-year-old stormed to only his second success over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival in March, before backing that up with success in the Top Novices’ Hurdle at the Grand National Festival at Aintree a month later.

The gelding has won over C&D previously for Peter Fahey, so his experience of the course could well benefit him here.

He is joined by several County Hurdle contenders, starting with Neil Mulholland’s Milkwood who finished third in the 2m1f race at Prestbury Park.

The seven-year-old went on to claim success in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April and comes into the contest in solid form.

Denise Foster’s Eclair De Beaufeu (4th) and Willie Mullins‘ Ciel De Neige (9th) & Getaway Gorgeous (23rd) also hold entries for the Galway Hurdle.

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Willie Mullins has six Cheltenham Festival representatives entered in the Galway Hurdle

Mullins has several other Festival attendees potentially featuring in the contest with Champion Hurdle contender Saldier, Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle runner Hook Up and Coral Cup entrant Dysart Diamond all possibly running here.

Joseph O’Brien’s Embittered could run in either the Galway Plate or the Hurdle after falling in the Grand Annual, while Boodles runner Zoffanien gave a respectable performance in Grade 1 company for Denis Gerard Hogan.

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle fourth and Bargain buy Skyace aims to land another big success for John Joseph Hanlon, while Triumph Hurdle runner Tax For Max aims to make his mark in handicap company.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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