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Galway preview: My 11/1 fancy could be a game changer in Thursday’s big race

We've passed the half-way mark at Galway and I've a topical tip for Ladies Day

by Paddy Power | July 31, 2014

Greatness got up on the line to give us a 4/1 winner yesterday with Golden Wonder just finishing out of the places (sixth) in the Galway Plate.

It’s the Galway Hurdle today and Thomas Edison heads the betting for this ultra-competitive handicap for trainer Tony Martin and owner J P McManus.

But the one I like here is the Charlie Swan-trained The Game Changer (4.55pm) for high-flying owner Michael O’Leary who won the Plate yesterday with Road to Riches.

Swan says his five-year-old is in great form and will absolutely love the ground. He ran a cracker in a top handicap hurdle in Killarney last time out. With Kevin Sexton – one of the best claimers around taking an invaluable 5lbs off his back – I think he will go close.

Willie Mullins looks to have a live one in PINK HAT (4.15pm) at around the 7/2 mark and that looks a big price to me.

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There’s been money too for Desertmore Stream and Ground Invasion but Pink Hat has won its last two starts over hurdles and the race looks like its been his long-term target after two pipe-opening runs on the flat of late. The in-form Paul Townend is on board and Pink Hat can power to victory on Ladies Day.

If all else fails bank on the John ‘Shark’ Hanlon to get you out in the bumper. His CLONDAW FARMER (6.05pm) ran a terrific race at Fairyhouse’s Easter Festival  – but hasn’t been seen out since. That was a much classier race than today’s contest and Hanlon’s charge has been well supported at 6/4 fav already this morning.

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