Galway

Galway Festival Preview: Key runners in the week’s feature races

| 30.07.2018

Betting preview for the Summer Festival There’s nothing in racing quite like the Galway Summer Festival. Run over a mammoth seven days, the week features a mix of flat and jump contests and a total prize fund of over £1.7m. All of the top trainers will be there. So too will a number of classy raiders, including Limini, Whiskey Sour and Galway veteran Baraweez. The Coral News Team has looked over t... more...

Coral’s Q&A with multiple champion jockey Pat Smullen ahead of Galway Festival

| 26.07.2016

Pat Smullen is a multiple champion jockey in Ireland and has won many of the biggest races in the world, yet this week he would not dream of being anywhere else than Galway. The unique and mildly chaotic seven-days of racing on Ireland’s west coast is unmatched anywhere in the world and along with Galway-loving boss Dermot Weld, Smullen is likely to find himself in the winner’s enclosure several t... more...

Galway Festival day five: Tandem and Russell a potent duo

| 31.07.2015

Trainer Dermot Weld has had a very quiet Galway Festival by his standards, but Tandem and Show Court look to hold major claims of providing the Rosewell handler with a big handicap double on this evening’s card. Tandem runs in the 2m handicap hurdle that opening’s proceedings on an ultra-competitive seven-race card (17.10) and looks on a handy mark. A smart performer on the level, the ... more...

Galway Festival day four: Bayan holds solid claims in feature hurdle

| 30.07.2015

The Galway Hurdle is the feature and big betting race on day four of the Galway Festival (16.45), and with Coral paying five places Bayan looks decent each-way value in a wide-open contest. Trained by Gordon Elliott, the six-year-old has won five of his 15 starts over the obstacles and has some top class form to his name in ultra-competitive big field handicaps. They include an excellent second of... more...

Galway Festival day three preview: World can Rule in Plate

| 29.07.2015

The big betting race on day three of the Galway Festival is the Galway Plate (17.30), and Rule The World looks to hold leading claims in a typically fierce and wide-open renewal of the 2m 6f feature contest. Trained by the popular Mouse Morris, the gelding has some top class form to his name over hurdles and was rated 152 at his peak. Although yet to score in seven starts over fences, Rule The Wor... more...

Glorious Goodwood (15.45): King Of Rooks to reign in Molecomb Stakes

| 29.07.2015

King Of Rooks wasn’t seen to best effect last time out, but had previously looked a top notch prospect, and can confirm that view by landing the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes over the flying 5f at Goodwood (15.45). The Richard Hannon trained colt shaped with bags of promise on his debut at Ascot when third to Steady Pace, travelling like much the best horse for most of the contest until being outp... more...

Galway Festival day two preview: Vastonea a Topaz Mile gem

| 28.07.2015

Vastonea looks decent value to land the Topaz Mile Handicap on the second day of the Galway Festival (18.50) for a third time. The Kevin Prendergast trained gelding first won the race in 2012 when beating Pintura by 1/2 a length off a mark of 89, and finished a decent third in the 2013 renewal behind Brendan Bracken off a rating of 96. Vastonea then duly took advantage of a drop in the weights to ... more...

Galway Festival preview: Ted Veale weighted to strike

| 27.07.2015

Ted Veale looks weighted to provide trainer Tony Martin with back-to-back successes in the valuable Connacht Hotel Handicap over 2m at Galway today (18.50). Martin saddled Quick Jack to land a gamble in the race 12 months ago, and Ted Veal has a similar profile to his stablemate and carries the same colours of owner John Breslin. The eight-year-old had some smart form on the level earlier in his c... more...