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GALWAY PREVIEW | The Grade A Galway Plate Handicap Chase

A large field of 22 runners will feature in the Galway Festival’s feature race on Wednesday evening

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The third day of the Galway Festival sees the changing of codes, with the National Hunt runners entering the frame at the Ballybrit track.

The Galway Plate features on Wednesday, with a huge field of 22 runners declared in the contest.

THE SHUNTER (7/1), who has impressed over both hurdles and fences in the last 12 months, aims to land another big handicap success for Emmet Mullins.

The gelding, who was recently purchased by JP McManus, has claimed the Greatwood Hurdle, the Morebattle Hurdle and the Paddy Power Plate for his connections since November.

The seven-year-old still looks ahead of his mark and is clearly the one to beat on paper.

Trainer Willie Mullins after Turban won the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Ireland.
Willie Mullins has seven entered into the Galway Plate

ROYAL RENDEZVOUS (10/1) spearheads the Willie Mullins battalion in the contest, with the former Grade 3 winner leading a seven-strong squadron from the Closutton stable.

BRAHMA BULL (14/1) returns to action following his Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase success at Punchestown, while KOSHARI (14/1) switches back to fences following his Grade B Handicap Hurdle success at the same meeting.

EASY GAME (20/1) returns to handicaps after a stint in Grade 1 company and Topham Chase winner LIVELOVELAUGH (20/1) could still be at a dangerous mark.

ANNAMIX (25/1) finished a far from disgraced fifth in the Guinness Handicap Chase at Punchestown in April, while second reserve PONT AVEN (33/1) will need to show some improvement if he sneaks in.

Henry De Bromhead sends a pair of runners to Galway, with SOMPTUEUX (14/1) potentially having more in the locker and VISIOMAN (25/1) looks at an intriguing mark after finishing second in the Galway Plate Trial at Kilbeggan.

Joseph O’Brien has a quintet of runners entered into the contest, with consistent handicapper TOP MOON (14/1) and Grimes Hurdle runner-up DARASSO (16/1) looking the leading fancies for the dual-code trainer.

Joseph O'Brien

Inconsistent chaser ASSEMBLE (20/1) and Irish Grand National runner HOME BY THE LEE (25/1) feature as well, while A WAVE OF THE SEA (20/1) is currently the first reserve.

BATTLEOVERDOYEN (16/1) takes a second crack at handicaps after running in Graded contests this season for Denise Foster, while Ryanair Chase runner and stablemate SAMCRO (20/1) is dropped down in grade.

EVERLASTINGPROMISE (16/1) will be hoping to sneak in the contest as he is currently third reserve for Enda Bolger and stable companion MODUS (16/1) is back at the same mark as his last success at Aintree back in November.

Gearoid O’Loughlin has entered two runners from his stable for the contest. MITCHOUKA (20/1) got the better of Livelovelove at Leopardstown back in March while BEN DUNDEE (33/1) ran into fifth in the Brown Advisory Plate at the Cheltenham Festival last year.

Cathal Byrnes’ OFF YOU GO (14/1), Noel Meade’s SNOW FALCON (25/1), Edward O’Grady THE WEST’S AWAKE (25/1) and Liam Cusack’s SNUGSBOROUGH HALL (33/1) complete the line-up.

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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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