Galway Plate Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the Galway Plate will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the Galway Plate, a race run over 2m6½f at Galway.

Galway Plate 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 Plate Preview

Run at the Galway Summer Festival in late July or early August, the Galway Plate is a handicap chase that is open to runners aged four or older and is run over two miles, six and a half furlongs in which the runners will have to face fourteen fences during the race.

Galway Plate Information:

We also have a dedicated Galway tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards.

How competitive is the Galway Plate market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2020 when the race had an over-round of 126%. The race in 2017 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 148%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Galway Plate, the over-round has been 139%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £139 which is bet.

Galway Plate 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 Plate next time out then you would have backed a total of 6 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +4.69. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Galway Plate remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2009 renewal when Ballyholland from C A McBratney under the guidance of Andrew J McNamara, won in a time of 5:42.90, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Ansar, trained by D K Weld and ridden by D J Casey set the quickest time of 5:18.80 in the 2004 renewal.

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

  1. Ansar (5:18.80) in 2004
  2. Road To Riches (5:20.50) in 2014
  3. Finger Onthe Pulse (5:21.20) in 2010

Galway Plate Past Winners

Here are the Galway Plate 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 Plate and the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Ash Tree Meadow (FR)
7yo 9-11 13/2
Danny Gilligan (7lbs)
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
Hewick (IRE)
7yo 11-7 16/1
Jordan Gainford
John Joseph Hanlon (IRE)
Royal Rendezvous (IRE)
9yo 11-5 5/1F
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
Early Doors (FR)
7yo 10-5 7/1
Mark Walsh
Joseph Patrick O'Brien (IRE)
Borice (FR)
8yo 10-2 9/1
L P Dempsey
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
Clarcam (FR)
8yo 10-13 33/1
Mark Enright
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
Balko Des Flos (FR)
6yo 10-10 6/1
Davy Russell
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
Lord Scoundrel (IRE)
7yo 10-2 10/1
Donagh Meyler (5lbs)
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
Shanahans Turn (IRE)
7yo 10-10 16/1
Jonathan Burke
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
Road To Riches (IRE)
7yo 10-11 14/1
Shane Shortall (7lbs)
Noel Meade (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • IRE: 19 winners with an additional 58 placings from 399 runners
  • GB: 1 winner with an additional 2 placings from 35 runners

Galway Plate Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Galway Plate over the last 20 renewals is Gordon Elliott who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Lord Scoundrel (2016), Clarcam (2018), Borice (2019) and Ash Tree Meadow (2023). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Galway Plate are W P Mullins (2 wins), Henry De Bromhead (2 wins) and D K Weld (2 wins). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Galway Plate, Mrs John Harrington has sent a total of 14 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst E J O'Grady has sent out 11 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Galway Plate 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):

Gordon Elliott36-4-8+26.50+10.96
W P Mullins60-2-17-48.00-20.35
Henry De Bromhead32-2-3-8.00-13.75
D K Weld15-2-7+7.00+7.13
Noel Meade25-1-5-10.00-6.24
Joseph Patrick O'Brien13-1-4-5.00-1.12
Paul Nicholls9-1-2-5.25-4.28
Thomas Mullins7-1-2+10.00+7.00
John E Kiely5-1-2-0.50-0.50
T J Taaffe3-1-1+20.00+11.75

Galway Plate Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Galway Plate over the last 20 renewals with both Paul Townend and Mark Walsh who have both won the race two times. Paul Townend winners have been with Blazing Tempo (2011) and Royal Rendezvous (2021). Mark Walsh winners have been with Bob Lingo (2012) and Early Doors (2020).

Here are some of the top Galway Plate 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):

Paul Townend16-2-8-4.00+2.45
Mark Walsh12-2-5+13.00+10.95
L P Dempsey6-1-2+4.00+2.38
Jonathan Burke5-1-2+12.00+7.63
Donagh Meyler5-1-1+6.00+2.25
Mark Enright4-1-1+30.00+17.63
Jordan Gainford2-1-1+15.00+9.00
Danny Gilligan1-1-1+6.50+4.06
Danny Mullins9-0-2-9.00-2.12
Sean Flanagan8-0-2-8.00-4.37

Galway Plate Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +64.50 is when runners had 2 starts in the past 180 days. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had a biggest odds run of 33/1, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-88.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Galway Plate is Punchestown, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Punchestown last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Killarney, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Killarney last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 420 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 14 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Galway Plate:

  • Accordion (2 Wins)
  • Kahyasi (2 Wins)
  • Kings Theatre (2 Wins)

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

  • Beneficial (0 Wins from 17 runners)
  • Flemensfirth (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Anshan (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Marju (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Bob Back (0 Wins from 6 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Clarcam in 2018, winning for Gordon Elliott at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Mark Enright. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Galway Plate remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page. If you are interested in other races at the Galway racecourse, then why not read our blog for the Galway Hurdle?

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Galway Plate 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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