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2021 Galway Plate Tips - Odds, trends and two to back

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Galway Plate
  • This handicap chase headlines day three of the Galway Festival on Wednesday 28th July
  • The Shunter tops the betting for Emmet Mullins
  • We bring you the latest odds, eight key trends and two horses to back
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The feature race of the Galway Festival takes place on Wednesday, as a capacity field of 22 takes part in the Galway Plate. This historic handicap chase was first staged at Galway in 1869 and it's Cheltenham Festival hero, The Shunter who tops the market for this year's renewal.

We've taken a look through the odds and gathered some key trends before picking out our best bets.

2021 Galway Plate Odds

The Shunter11/2
Royal Rendezvous7/1
Top Moon8/1
Brahma Bull8/1
Off You Go10/1

*Odds taken on 27/7/21*

2021 Galway Plate Trends

  • 15 of the last 15 winners carried less than 11-00
  • 15 of the last 15 winners had run no more than twice that same season
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had run at Grade One level (Hurdles or fences)
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had won no more than 1 previous handicap over fences
  • 13 of the last 15 winners went off at 16/1 or shorter
  • 13 of the last 15 winners were aged between six and eight
  • 12 of the last 15 winners had won over at least 2m4f
  • 10 of the last 15 winners finished in the top four on their last start

2021 Galway Plate Runners

Horses rated above 150 have a poor record in the Galway Plate. Only two horses have carried more than 11-00 to victory since Life Lord retained his crown under 12-00 in 1996.

The Shunter remains a progressive chaser and last year's Galway Plate runner-up, Royal Rendezvous deservedly sit at the head of the betting. However, both carry north of 11-00, which surely has to count against them.

Top Moon carries winning form into the race for last year's winning connections, but he also has and eight-pound hike in the ratings to deal with. Koshari hasn't jumped a fence since finishing 100-lengths adrift of Clarcam in this race in 2018, and stablemate Brahma Bull enters on a career-high mark.

2021 Galway Plate Tip 1

Somptueux E/W2021 Galway Plate Tip 1GET 12/1 HERE
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Aidan Coleman travels over to Ireland to ride the improving SOMPTUEUX for two-time Galway Plate-winning trainer, Henry De Bromhead. 

De Bromhead's six-year-old has won two of his six starts over fences, finishing second twice, and looked to be travelling well enough to challenge at Punchestown in May before an untimely tumble at the third-last. 

Last time out, Somptueux recovered well after a couple of dodgy jumps to finish a strong second behind Top Moon at Wexford. He's got the progressive profile you need for this type of handicap, and Coleman has just 10-6 to shoulder.

2021 Galway Plate Tip 2

Ben Dundee E/W2021 Galway Plate Tip 2GET 40/1 HERE
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I also fancy a punt on one of the big outsiders, BEN DUNDEE. Back in 2019/20, when trained by Gordon Elliott, Ben Dundee looked a progressive handicapped to fear, finishing less than a length behind this years Grand National winner, Minella Times at Navan before a solid fifth in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

A move to Willie Mullins' yard followed, but after missing the entire season, he was moved onto Gearoid O'Loughlin. Five days after the move, Ben Dundee was beaten just three lengths in a handicap hurdle, and went on to run twice more over the smaller obstacles, both runs were a little disappointing it has to be said.

After an 80-day break, O'Loughlin's nine-year-old makes his first chase start since the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, and runs off a mark six-pounds less than what he carried to fifth on that occasion. It's a big risk, but if he can return to the form of old, then Ben Dundee could give each-way backers a real run for their money at Galway.


Somptueux and Ben Dundee are our two against the field for the 2021 Galway Plate.

2021 Galway Plate Tip 1: Somptueux Each-Way @1200.0 at BetMGM - 8 Units
2021 Galway Plate Tip 2: Ben Dundee Each-Way @4000.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 5 Units

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