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Guide to Galway Racecourse

Galway Racecourse is situated on the west coast of Ireland and is a dual-purpose track featuring both flat racing and national hunt racing meaning you will be able to get horse racing tips throughout the year.

The Galway festival run towards the end of July or beginning of August is the highlight on the calendar offering racegoers the best of both codes with both Flat and NH racing included.

The highlights of the festival are the Galway Hurdle and the Galway Plate which are both Grade 1 races.

TV Channel: Racing TV

If you are going racing today at Galway why not download the OLBG app to get all the latest Galway tips at the track?

* All statistics below are based on the previous five years at Galway

Galway Outright Favourite Statistics

  • Flat Handicaps: 32-115 (28%) +1.42
  • Flat Non-Handicaps: 29-68 (43%) -3.69
  • Handicap Chases: 9-33 (27%) +5.25
  • Handicap Hurdles: 17-72 (24%) -17.32
  • Non-Handicap Chases: 14-41 (34%) -12.63
  • Non-Handicap Hurdles: 25-68 (37%) -12.03

Galway Racecourse Map

The flat track is a right-handed undulating track which has a testing uphill finish for the final 2 furlongs, all flat races involve a right-hand bend with no races over a straight trip.

National hunt racing is run on the exact same track as flat racing, so the characteristics are the same with the hurdles containing six hurdles over a circuit and the chasing containing seven fences to negotiate.

Galway Racecourse Address: Ballybrit, Galway, H91 V654, Ireland

Galway Racecourse Telephone: 91 700 100

To buy tickets for a race day at Galway, head over to their official ticket booking webpage.

Galway Flat Racecourse Map
Galway Flat Racecourse Map
Galway National Hunt Racecourse Map
Galway National Hunt Racecourse Map

Galway tips and helpful information

You can view the best free horse racing tips when there is a meeting above, our knowledgeable tipsters love some Irish racing so take a look at what they are tipping.

In the case of there currently being no racing at Galway, try our main racing predictions page for tips from other courses for today's racing.

Galway Draw Bias

Backing stall 3 at Galway over a trip of 7f is the most unsuccessful stall and trip combination at Galway returning an LSP of -58.75 over the last five years.

Here we have the draw bias for Galway taken into consideration races with ten or more runners, we will break down the figures by race distance, draws can be much more important over the shorter trips in which runners do not have time to find their position during the race meaning the draw is probably more important than the races over longer distances.

  • Sprints (5f to 7½f)
  • Mile (1m to 1m1½f)
  • Middle Distance (1m2f to 1m5½f)

The following table shows a breakdown over a group of trips and shows how each position of the draw does, for example in a twelve-runner race would be Low (Stalls 1-4), Mid (Stalls 5-8) and High (Stalls 9-12), the positions will always be lowest stall number to highest.

Galway Jockey and Trainer Statistics (Flat)

Who are the best flat jockeys and trainers to bet on at Galway?

A P O'Brien is the leading trainer here at Galway with nineteen winners but you would have recorded a loss if you backed all of their runners whilst following Adrian McGuinness would have returned the most winners (eight) from a profitable trainer. Adrian McGuinness is the trainer to follow at Galway if you are backing eachway as they show the best LSP of all the trainers in the eachway markets, that is +14.98 which is courtesy of their twenty-six placings (eight winners). With an LSP of -63.00 at Galway, John C McConnell heads the list for worst trainers at this course, resulting from one winner from eighty-two runners, a strike rate of 1%.

Focusing only on jockeys who show a profit when backing all of their rides, top of the pile at Galway for the number of winners is Shane Foley who has produced a total of twenty-two winners in return for an LSP of +8.88. If you are more of an eachway player then you may want to know which jockey is best to follow at Galway and that would be J A Heffernan who shows the best eachway LSP which is +21.68 thanks to their twenty-eight placings (twelve winners). At the other end of the spectrum is R P Cleary who has a terrible record at Galway, of all the jockeys their LSP of -90.00 is the worst, they have a 0% strike rate with zero winners from ninety rides.

Galway Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Galway based on the number of winners:

  • 17 Wins: Mrs John Harrington & Shane Foley
  • 9 Wins: D K Weld & C D Hayes
  • 8 Wins: J S Bolger & K J Manning
  • 7 Wins: A P O'Brien & J A Heffernan
  • 7 Wins: Joseph Patrick O'Brien & Dylan B McMonagle

Galway Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Adrian McGuinness101-8-26+11.50+14.98
Joseph G Murphy39-6-11+14.21+2.85
Thomas Mullins29-3-5+25.00+9.48
M Halford17-3-5+1.33-1.20
Gerard Keane12-3-4+19.25+11.16
P Twomey10-3-4+1.75-0.75
Anthony Mullins9-3-3+5.00+0.83
J A Stack18-2-3+19.25+7.46
Mark Fahey13-2-6+16.50+12.38
Padraig Roche12-2-3+32.00+19.50

Galway Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Shane Foley143-22-49+8.88+3.18
J A Heffernan99-12-28+49.38+21.68
Mr P W Mullins9-4-5+3.50+0.85
M P Sheehy49-2-15+11.00+10.50
J Coen30-2-8+22.00+14.06
R Whearty16-2-3+25.00+11.33
Mr F Maguire9-2-4+14.00+7.13
Killian Hennessy5-2-2+4.50+1.54
C D Maxwell21-1-1+13.00-0.20
Sean Davis15-1-2+8.00+4.38

Galway Jockey and Trainer Statistics (NH)

Who are the best national hunt jockeys and trainers to bet on at Galway?

W P Mullins is the leading trainer here at Galway with forty-six winners but you would have recorded a loss if you backed all of their runners whilst following Peter Fahey would have returned the most winners (eight) from a profitable trainer. If you are looking for a trainer to follow in the eachway market then it is J P Dempsey who leads the way at Galway, they have had a total of six placings which includes three winners over the previous five for an eachway LSP of +14.65. A total of thirty-one winners from two hundred thirty-five runners at Galway has Gordon Elliott at the wrong end of the trainers' list with their 13% strike rate and worst LSP of -73.56.

Backing all of the P Townend rides would have produced the most winners for a jockey here at Galway with twenty-four but you would have returned a loss by doing so, Mr P W Mullins leads the way for profitable jockey with an LSP of +6.03 from their thirteen winners. When looking at jockeys and looking for some eachway value at Galway, then the jockey who shows the best eachway profit is Miss A B O'Connor, that LSP is +31.07 which has been accumulated by a total of five placings which includes one winner. The jockey with the worst record at Galway based on LSP is Darragh O'Keeffe who has only a 9% strike rate with thirteen winners from one hundred forty-one rides which have returned an LSP of -81.82.

Galway Picks & Hints

Here are some factors at Galway for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:

  • 6-13 (46%) +21.31 - Backing Mr P W Mullins rides when over a trip of 2m

Galway Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Galway based on the number of winners:

  • 24 Wins: W P Mullins & P Townend
  • 13 Wins: W P Mullins & Mr P W Mullins
  • 10 Wins: Gordon Elliott & J W Kennedy
  • 7 Wins: Gordon Elliott & D N Russell
  • 7 Wins: Noel Meade & S W Flanagan

Galway Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Peter Fahey59-8-21+17.38-3.41
Denis Gerard Hogan72-5-13+4.00-24.45
Thomas Mullins42-5-14+7.88+0.98
A J Martin37-4-10+12.50-3.50
Paul Nolan32-4-10+19.00+2.14
Thomas Gibney27-4-8+25.50+9.30
B T Murphy14-4-4+1.58-2.98
J P Dempsey21-3-6+26.50+14.65
Miss Elizabeth Doyle15-2-5+8.00+2.25
W J Burke14-2-3+20.00+8.70

Galway Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Mr P W Mullins46-13-23+6.03-5.72
Sean F O'Keeffe87-8-27+1.13-11.96
R M Power25-5-10+3.73-3.27
Jack G Gilligan24-5-8+16.75+2.25
K C Sexton36-4-13+37.00+9.80
Mr J C Gainford25-4-9+22.00+7.80
D G Hogan22-4-8+33.00+11.75
Sam Ewing21-4-5+21.17+3.36
Gavin Brouder34-3-7+16.00+14.80
D J Gilligan13-3-6+3.83+0.11

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Galway Racecourse which includes the favourite statistics, draw bias and the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using results from HorseRaceBase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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