Galway Racecourse is located at Ballybrit on the west coast of Ireland. It is home to what is arguably Ireland’s most famous horse racing festival. For seven days at the end of July, fans of both flat and jump racing flock to the racecourse. The two highlight contests of the week are the Galway Plate and the Galway Hurdle.
Galway Betting Tips
A tight, heavily undulating right-handed circuit of just over a mile and a quarter round, Galway racecourse offers a unique test in racing. The straight away from the stands runs sharply downhill as horses race towards the back of the course with a long rise up again from about the half mile pole. The final two fences of the chase course are to the side of the track, just a few strides apart before the long run for home. These always prove a test for horses. A mistake at the first fence is likely to put a horse on the wrong stride for the second.
Despite the long uphill run to the line, the flat course is sharp in nature. The ability to travel strongly is crucial, with those off the bridle going down the hill rarely ever getting home back up the other side. The track heavily favours those who race close to the pace since it has a number of tight bends, meaning it is hard to make up ground late and wide.
Galway Draw Bias
There is a bias towards low drawn runners at Galway races, particularly if they are those who prefer to track the pace. The nature of the course means that 7 furlongs is the shortest race on the flat at Galway. A start close to a long right hand turn downhill gives those drawn low their significant advantage at an early stage.
Galway Betting Trends
It’s always been advisable to follow the Dermot Weld stable at Galway races, especially during the Festival. While it is true that the Weld yard always leave Galway with a large amount of prizes, the sheer volume of runners means that profit cannot be made easily. Tony Martin has long had the reputation of a shrewdy and following his runners at Galway races is a sound move. The yard have recorded 13 winners from 52 runners for a 25% strike rate and a +£29 level stake profit over the last five years on the flat.
Despite winning the 2016 Galway Plate as well as the Ballybrit Novices Chase, Gordon Elliott has just a 10% strike rate (12 from 121) for a loss of -£78 in the last five years. Therefore, he is not a yard to be followed too closely when looking for Galway tips.
Galway Feature Races
- Galway Plate (Grade A Handicap) (2m 6f)
- Galway Hurdle (Handicap) (2m)
- Corrib Fillies Stakes (Listed) (7f)
- Ballybrit Novices Chase (Grade 3) (2m 2f)
- Oyster Stakes (Listed) (1m 4f)