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Nic Ladds 26th Jul 2009 - 13:38

The Galway Festival

Get ready for a feast of racing as the Galway Festival kicks off on Monday 27 July and runs for seven action packed days up until Sunday 2 August.

With so much racing to get stuck in to William Hill think that our punters deserve a little incentive to enhance the racing and betting experience even more and that is why we are offering Happy Hour prices on selected races every day of the festival.

Make sure you're ready to punt between 1pm and 2pm every day and see what fantastic price enhancements we are offering of the main races of the day.

The Galway Festival is steeped in history having first been held at the Ballybrit racecourse as a two day festival way back in 1869 before gradually being extended over time and it finally became the seven day racing marathon that it is now in 1999.

In 1979 the Pope came to visit the races to which a turnout of over 280,000 flocked to and a host of songs and poems have been written about the track and the town and the festival which brings the whole area together with over 200,000 spectators passing through the festival throughout the week.

The fourth day of the races (Thursday) is Ladies day and is often the most popular day of the whole meeting with stylish dresses and fashions coming out and awards being presented for Best Dressed Person and Most Elegant Hat.

Thursday also sees one of the two features races of the week which is the Galway Hurdle which has Willie Mullins' Deutschland currently sitting as 7/1 favourite in the betting.

A host of dangers line up in a fiercely competitive renewal with rivals including the versatile winner last time out Truckers Delight at 9/1 and the 2006 winner of this race Cuan Na Grai giving it another go at 10/1.

The other highlight is the Galway Plate which takes place on the Wednesday of the meeting which has Paul Nicholls' Roby De Cimbre hot favourite at odds of 4/1.

Nicholls won this race last year with Oslot and has a phenomenal 48% strike rate in the last six years when sending his horses over to Ireland and there could be punters queuing up to back this on the day.

These are just two of a whole host of exciting races over the week and on top of the Happy Hour offer William Hill will of course be running our Best Odds Guaranteed promise so if you take the price on your selection and it returns bigger, then you get paid out at the greater price.

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