Galway Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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We look at the Galway Hurdle ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m at Galway to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Galway Hurdle.

Galway Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Galway Hurdle Preview

Established in 1913, the Galway Hurdle is a race run at the Galway Summer Festival in late July or early August which is a handicap race open to runners who are aged four or older. The race is run over two miles in which runners have to contend with nine hurdles.

Galway Hurdle Information:

Our dedicated Galway tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Galway Hurdle but will also have predictions for each meeting at Galway throughout the season so be sure to head over there.

How competitive is the Galway Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2006 when the race had an over-round of 128%. The race in 2012 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 149%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Galway Hurdle, the over-round has been 138%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £138 which is bet.

Galway Hurdle Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Galway Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 6 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.40. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Galway Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was Overturn, trained by Donald McCain and ridden by Graham Lee who set the fastest winning time in the Galway Hurdle, the runner won the race in a time of 3:33.70 when winning the race in 2010. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Michael Winters and jockey Robbie Power with Missunited who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 3:58.20 in the 2013 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Galway Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Overturn (3:33.70) in 2010
  2. Tudor City (3:36.20) in 2022
  3. More Rainbows (3:36.40) in 2005

Galway Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Galway Hurdle past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The horse's trainer at the time of winning the Galway Hurdle and the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Zarak The Brave (FR)
4yo 11-5 9/2
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
Tudor City (IRE)
10yo 10-11 22/1
Liam McKenna (7lbs)
A J Martin (IRE)
Saldier (FR)
7yo 11-10 18/1
Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
Aramon (GER)
7yo 11-10 7/1
Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
Tudor City (IRE)
7yo 11-0 10/1
Robbie Power
A J Martin (IRE)
Sharjah (FR)
5yo 11-7 12/1
Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
Tigris River (IRE)
6yo 10-9 5/1
Barry Geraghty
Joseph Patrick O'Brien (IRE)
Clondaw Warrior (IRE)
9yo 11-5 9/2F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
Quick Jack (IRE)
6yo 10-4 9/2
Denis O'Regan
A J Martin (IRE)
Thomas Edison (IRE)
7yo 10-6 7/2F
A P McCoy
A J Martin (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Galway Hurdle have been based:

  • IRE: 19 winners with an additional 55 placings from 361 runners
  • GB: 1 winner with an additional 5 placings from 35 runners

Galway Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Galway Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Clondaw Warrior (2016), Sharjah (2018), Aramon (2020), Saldier (2021) and Zarak The Brave (2023). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Galway Hurdle are A J Martin (4 wins), Paul Nolan (2 wins) and Michael Winters (2 wins). Multiple trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Galway Hurdle, Gordon Elliott (0-33), D K Weld (0-13) and Mrs John Harrington (0-12) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.

Here are some of the top Galway Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

W P Mullins51-5-13+0.00-2.14
A J Martin23-4-7+21.00+10.82
Paul Nolan8-2-2+4.50+0.57
Michael Winters2-2-2+12.50+7.82
Noel Meade21-1-6+13.00+15.02
Joseph Patrick O'Brien18-1-3-12.00-9.18
John E Kiely4-1-1+4.00+1.38
Paul W Flynn3-1-1+18.00+10.50
Patrick J Flynn2-1-2+19.00+13.00
Donald McCain2-1-1+5.00+2.75

Galway Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Galway Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Mr P W Mullins who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Sharjah (2018), Aramon (2020) and Saldier (2021). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Galway Hurdle is Paul Townend (2 wins). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Galway Hurdle, Mark Walsh has ridden 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Galway Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Mr P W Mullins3-3-3+37.00+23.13
Paul Townend16-2-4-2.50-2.18
Graham Lee3-1-2+4.00+4.25
Liam McKenna2-1-1+21.00+12.75
Mark Walsh10-0-2-10.00-5.50
Jody McGarvey8-0-1-8.00-2.50
Danny Mullins8-0-1-8.00-4.37
Sean Flanagan6-0-3-6.00+3.76
J J Slevin6-0-2-6.00-1.31
Rachael Blackmore6-0-1-6.00-3.50

Galway Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +43.00 is when runners had 1 season place. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 places in the past 90 days, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-137.

The courses that have produced the most winners of the Galway Hurdle are Tipperary and Curragh, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 358 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 38 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Galway Hurdle, that stallion Yeats has produced 2 winners (2022,2019).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Galway Hurdle despite multiple attempts:

  • Beneficial (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Definite Article (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Jeremy (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Oscar (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Dr Massini (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was More Rainbows in 2005, winning for Noel Meade at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Niall P Madden. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Galway Hurdle head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today. If you are interested in other races at the Galway racecourse, then why not read our blog for the Galway Plate?

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Galway Hurdle Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for International racing.

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.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing analyst with over 15 years of experience, delves into the intricacies of international horse racing, meticulously analyzing complex statistical data to uncover hidden trends. He spearheads the creation and management of OLBG's international horse racing trend blogs, providing valuable insights for bettors worldwide.

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