It's a totally different Galway this summer with racing taking place behind closed doors amid Covid-19 but there may be a familiar scene at Ballybrit today with Gordon Elliott holding a strong hand as he eyes a fourth Plate success in five years.
Galvin is rock-solid at the head of the betting and may stamp his class on proceedings, but Elliott will have to get the better of his old sparring partner Willie Mullins, who has a strong team to his name, if the coveted prize is to return to his Cullentra yard in Meath once again.
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Mullins has won four of the last five runnings - including subsequent Stayers' Hurdle winner Penhill in 2016 - and holds leading claims this time around with Getaway Gorgeous.
The six-year-old mare returns fresh from a break having ended a frustrating run of seconds when prevailing at Wexford in March and the 10lbs she receives from Elliott's The Very Man could be the difference in the opener.
Paul Townend's mount always puts her best foot forward and can narrowly do so again to deny The Very Man, which bids for a four-timer over hurdles having shown his rude health at Roscommon earlier this month.
Noel Meade's comfortable Gowran Park winner With A Start is also respected, as is Henry de Bromhead's Telmesomethinggirl after her Roscommon victory, but Mullins can maintain his fine record in the first.
Verdict: Getaway Gorgeous can land the opener under Townend.
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The last six runnings included winners priced at 33/1, 14/1, 12/1 and 10/1 so value is sought in a typically open renewal where seven of the 17 runners which go to post were successful last time out.
The market principals are likely to be headed by Jessica Harrington's recent Tipperary winner Barrington Court and Mullins' Jazzaway, which prevailed at Fairyhouse on her last start in January, but it may pay to look elsewhere and Leagan Gaeilge is an interesting each-way proposition under Mikey Fogarty.
Brendan Duke's charge won a decent maiden hurdle at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting on his only start over obstacles and the Vocalised filly looks primed for this having blown the cobwebs off on the Flat at Roscommon three weeks ago.
Verdict: Leagan Gaeilge (e/w) can make the frame at a big price.
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Mullins has claimed the two runnings of this contest and is likely to have the warm favourite with Kaatskill Nap shaping well on three hurdle starts two years ago and expected to carry plenty of support.
Taking short odds is not recommended, however, given that the seven-year-old only returned from a long absence last month when finishing midfield in a Curragh handicap.
Powerful owner Barry Connell was out of luck with his first two runners as a trainer last week and he saddles newcomer Snake Oil under Kevin Brouder, but preference is for John McConnell's Hand In My Pocket.
Rachael Blackmore's mount got off the mark in a Bellewstown bumper earlier this month and looks a solid alternative to the likely hotpot, with Elliott's Talk Of The Town also expected to make the frame.
Verdict: Blackmore can reward punters aboard Hand In My Pocket.
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Much of this contest centres around Emmet Mullins' Pilbara as the five-year-old bids for a three-timer over hurdles when carrying a 5lb penalty for a narrow success at Cork last week after getting a scare at the last.
The front two pulled well clear on that occasion so there's plenty of reason to be optimistic that there's more to come dropping back to 2m5f under David Mullins with other possible engagements tomorrow and Friday.
De Bromhead and Blackmore - who combined to take this prize two years ago - will try to do likewise with Tipperary maiden hurdle winner Bold Enough and the lightly-raced five-year-old will likely be the main danger to the short-priced jolly.
Verdict: Pilbara can bring up the hat-trick for the Mullins cousins.
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Just one horse carrying more than 10-13 has prevailed in the past 20 years (Ansar carried 11-11 to back-to-back glory in 2005) so the odds are stacked against the likes of Peter Fahey's prolific winner Peregrine Run (11-10), Elliott's The Storyteller (11-10) and Mullins' Easy Game (11-6) in another terrific renewal.
Mullins (six) and Elliott (five) saddle half of the 22-runner field between them in the €200,000 feature with the latter making hay en route to three successes in the last four years.
Galvin (11-0) heads the market for the Meath trainer and looks tailor-made for this test. Davy Russell's mount was second in the Listed Novices' Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March and warmed up in impressive fashion with a facile victory at Killarney earlier this month.
He could prove a class apart but there are dangers lurking with Townend opting for Royal Rendezvous (10-12) and his Grade Three success at Naas in March puts him right in the mix, while De Bromhead's Spyglass Hill (10-12) is another to note.
Last year's Cheltenham Festival winner Early Doors (10-5) is still a maiden over the larger obstacles but commands respect for owner JP McManus with Mark Walsh in the plate on the lightly weighted Joseph O'Brien-trained runner, while Liam Cusack's Snugsborough Benny (10-12) races off just 2lb higher than when third last year and he looks a reliable each-way play under Denis O'Regan.
Verdict: Galvin can justify the hype to prevail for Russell and Elliott.
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McManus had the winner last year in the shape of All The Answers - recently switched from O'Brien to Aidan Howard - and he heads a quartet sporting his green and gold silks.
Simon Torrens takes away a valuable 7lb but 322 days off the track is not in his favour with Thecraicisninety looking the pick of the McManus runners under Walsh as Pádraig Roche's charge showed up well when second at Kilbeggan on his seasonal reappearance last month.
De Bromhead has won two of the last five runnings, however, and he could hold the key with Jan Maat. The grey didn't pull up too many trees when fifth at Killarney three weeks ago but the Gigginstown gelding is given another chance to get the job done under Blackmore, with Paul Nolan's Quamino another to note.
Verdict: Jan Maat can get the job done under the talented Blackmore.
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Two of the four runnings have gone the way of Willie Mullins and the Closutton maestro saddles newcomer Shewearsitwell this time around in the hands of his son Patrick. While it's hard to have too much confidence, this shouldn't take too much winning and the Shirocco mare should be more than up to the task.
Elliott's Glan flopped as favourite when making her first career start at Fairyhouse in December and she should be better than that under Jamie Codd, while Denis Hogan's More Info should make the frame, but this can go the way of Team Mullins.
Verdict: Father and son can combine to score with Shewearsitwel.
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Punters are likely to be attracted to the Mullins combination in the last also as they unleash debutant Zuma Rock with Patrick sure to have made plenty of sacrifices in recent days to whittle his way down to 11-2.
Zuma Rock is one of nine making their first start so little is known of her potential and it may pay to side with experience as Mahons Glory made a pleasing debut when a close second in Thurles in March just before racing was put in the back burner.
Hogan combines with his cousin Jack - who has already ridden a winner on track - and the son of Fame And Glory can spring a mild surprise.
Verdict: The Hogans can trump the Mullins family with Mahons Glory.
GALWAY RACES, DAY THREE: OUR EXPERTS TIPSTERS MARK YOUR CARD
Michael Verney: 4.45 Getaway Gorgeous, 5.15 Leagan Gaeilge, 5.45 Hand In My Pocket, 6.15 Pilbara, 6.45 Galvin, 7.15 Jan Maat, 7.45 Shewearsitwel, 8.15 Mahons Glory
Patrick Mullins: 6.45 Livelovelaugh (e/w), 7.45 Shewearsitwell, 8.15 Zuma Rock
Katie Walsh: 4.45 The Very Man, 5.15 Upgraded, 5.45 Hand In My Pocket, 6.15 Pilbara, 6.45 Peregine Run, 7.15 Quamino, 7.45 Shewearsitwel, 8.15 Zuma Rock
Wayne Bailey: 4.45 The Very Man, 5.15 Millyinthemiddle, 5.45 The Little Yank, 6.15 Pilbara, 6.45 Peregrine Run, 7.15 All The Answers, 8.15 Mahons Glory
Ian Gaughran: 4.45 Getaway Gorgeous, 5.15 Tara Dylan, 5.45 Kaatskill Nap, 6.15 Bold Enough, 6.45 Royal Rendezvouz, 7.15 Rewritetherules, 7.45 Glan, 8.15 Mahons Glory