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All things come to him who waits and yesterday Ruby Walsh waited...and waited...

There aren’t many boxes that Ruby Walsh hasn’t ticked in his remarkable career. The Galway Hurdle was one. Or at least it was until yesterday when Walsh produced what Willie Mullins described as a “Houdini act” to finally land the richest jumps race in Ireland courtesy of Clondaw Warrior.

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OBITUARY: Phonsie O'Brien, legendary racehorse trainer and brother of Vincent

Hand of the king who helped build an empire

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Ruby Walsh masterclass as Clondaw Warrior outbattles rivals

His rides may be sparse at the moment, but amongst the carefully chosen mounts is ample opportunity for Ruby Walsh to shine in a manner which few, if any, could dream to achieve. 

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Too many options can provide a problem for jockeys

The recent tradition of the Galway Plate catapulting relatively unheralded young jockeys to public prominence continued yesterday as 20-year-old Donagh Meyler steered the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Lord Scoundrel to victory in the Ballybrit showpiece.

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Clondaw Warrior should be in shake-up for Galway Hurdle

The first six home in yesterday’s Galway Plate were trained by Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, and you have to think it’s going to be some winter.

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Today's tips: Tigris River looks the value option in tricky Galway Hurdle

It’s TheTote.com Galway Hurdle day in Ballybrit and Tigris River looks the value option to land the €177,000 winner’s prize in the feature.

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Gordon Elliott lords it over Willie Mullins in Glaway Plate thriller

After Water Sprite ended his five-year drought at the Galway Festival by taking the final race on Tuesday night, trainer Gordon Elliott found the perfect way to follow up: by saddling the well-backed Lord Scoundrel to land a thrilling thetote.com Galway Plate.

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Ruby Walsh: JT McNamara's passing a tragedy for racing, but much more so for his devoted family

I, like everyone else in racing, was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Thomas McNamara.

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AP McCoy: JT McNamara was ‘as good as I have ever seen or will see’

Yesterday morning the racing world woke to the sad news that John Thomas McNamara had passed away. The 41-year-old former leading amateur, who suffered a horrific fall from Galaxy Rock in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival of 2013, lost the one battle he could never win.

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Today's tips: Road To Riches can shrug off weight burden at Galway

Two years ago, running off a mark of 149 and carrying 10-11, Road To Riches turned the Galway Plate into a procession. Twenty-four months on, despite having to lumber top weight of 11-10 and run off a mark of 162, a repeat can be expected.

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Heavily backed Creggs Pipes calls tune

Andy Slattery’s terrific season continues apace, and the rapidly progressive and heavily backed Creggs Pipes (11-2f) gave him plenty of reason for Galway cheer when making all in the valuable Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap on day two of the Festival.

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Five highlights to look forward to at the Galway Festival

It’s one of biggest racing weeks of the year in the racing world with terrific domestic action at Galway as well as a stellar meeting at Goodwood. Here’s five things to keep in mind over the next six days.

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Today's tips: Well handicapped Camlann can collect at Galway

With the exception of the first race, in which Muthaza will likely go off the shortest priced favourite of the entire week, the card for the first day of the Galway Festival looks wide open. 

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