Galway Plate betting tips: Tully East ticks all the right boxes in feature handicap chase

Tully East, Peregrine Run and De Plotting Shed feature among potential punts for Horsebetting.com experts in their 2018 Galway Plate betting tips. Tully East looks to have the perfect profile for the valuable 2m 6f feature handicap chase on Thursday, 1 August,  and rates the main bet. Peregrine Run, meanwhile, is progressive and feared most. De Plotting Shed looks weighted to go well and appeals each-way. For full details about all these horses’ chances, read our in-depth 2018 Galway Plate betting tips preview.

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Tully East a tasty punt in Galway Plate

The Grade A Galway Plate takes centre stage on day three of the Galway Festival and Tully East looks to have the perfect profile to land the spoils in the big betting 2m 6f handicap chase (19:20).

Trained by Alan Fleming, the eight-year-old ran a cracker to finish an 8 1/2 lengths fourth of 24 to Ibis Du Rheu in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. He then landed a huge gamble at that meeting 12 months later in the 20-runner Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase when backed in from 20/1 to 8s.

After being given an ice cool ride by Denis O’Regan, Tully East came from off the pace to assert on the run-in and readily beat Gold Present by 1 1/4 lengths off a mark of 138. He has only had five starts since and ran really well in the valuable BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham back in November when sixth of 17 to Splash Of Ginge on totally unsuitable soft ground off 148.

Tully East was also far from disgraced two starts back under similar conditions at Leopardstown when a 8 1/4 lengths third of 20 to Patricks Park. He was then given a break before being given a spin over hurdles at Tipperary at the beginning of last month when a very tenderly handled eight of 11 to Joey Sasa.

That was clearly a quiet prep run to put him spot on for this. Off a mark of 146, he looks nicely treated on the pick of his form and Tully East will relish the quick ground. This has clearly been his target for some time; so, taking everything into account, he looks the one to be on.

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Peregrine Run spearheads a host of potential dangers

There are a whole host of potential dangers in a typically fierce, wide-open the renewal of the valuable contest and Peregrine Run is undoubtedly one of the more interesting ones – given that he has won three times and been placed twice form six starts over the larger obstacles.

This Peter Fahey trained eight-year-old came good at this time last year when winning three times. He also ran very well at this meeting when a 7 3/4 lengths third of eight to Rathvinden in a Grade 3 novices’ chase. The winner went on to score at the Cheltenham Festival back in March off an official rating of 150, before rounding off the campaign with a solid fourth in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival off 154.

That gives the form a solid look and suggests that Peregrine Run’s current handicap mark of 145 should not be beyond him – especially given his lightly-raced and progressive profile over fences.

There was also lots to like about his warm-up for this when a not knocked about and keeping on fourth to Wicklow Brave over 1m 6f on the level at Killarney. Peregrine Run should be fully tuned after that and also has his ideal underfoot conditions. He has lots in his favour, so therefore rates the main danger to Tully East.

De Plotting Shed another to consider each-way

Trainer Gordon Elliott regularly plunders big handicaps like this, so that makes the potentially dangerously well-treated De Plotting Shed another worth considering. The eight-year-old had some smart form over hurdles, winning five times and finishing fourth in a Grade 1 to be rated 150 at his peak.

He is yet to get his head in front in seven starts over fences and has often flattered to deceive. However, his three length second to the hugely exciting Presenting Percy over course and distance last October is strong form – given that rival is now rated 165.

As that the pair met on level weights that day, De Plotting Shed looks potentially thrown-in at the weights off a mark of 142 if putting his best foot forward. That is a big if, though, as he needs everything to drop right.

De Plotting Shed does have winning form on the ground and the talent to run a big race in this – if his rider can cajole him into the contest. So, at the odds on offer, he looks decent each-way value in a race where many bookmakers are offering enhanced place terms.

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