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Galway Races: Tips, betting preview for Day 4 of the Galway Festival live on Racing TV

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SHAMIYAN looks the one to be on here with Paul Townend up.

The four-year-old was firmly put in his place on debut by The Very Man, but he was giving away bags of experience and ran on well enough to suggest that he would be one for next time.

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The winner was rated 134 and the second was rated 130 – Mick Halford’s ace ran a belter to take third and that explains why connections have booked the best available jockey to take the ride. He could be the subject of a gamble in the first.

Saint D’oroux sets the standard and he will be tough to beat with Davy Russell up.

Anna Bunina looked good when scooting clear at Cork, Very Excellent won just as easily at Kilbeggan last time out and Red Gerry has to be in the reckoning on his Flat form.

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WITH the standard set far from an insurmountable one, KARL DER GROSSE is worth chancing first time over fences. The Rich Ricci-owned six-year-old has delivered little since joining his current connections two years ago, but they don’t hang around Closutton for too long if they aren’t showing that they belong there, so the suspicion is that this lad should be ripe to strike.

Big Braid is obviously classy as a 141-rated hurdler, but it is concerning that he flopped here on his only start.

Dr Duffy brings solid form after finishing second at Roscommon and he’s shown that he can perform around here in the past too. This looks a good opportunity for him if the selection fails to fire.

Demain Des Laube ran against all the best novices last season and he should be much more comfortable in this lesser company.

Percy Veer did not get far enough around to show whether he retained any of his old ability on his reappearance at Tipperary. 

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DIAMOND can shine. Emmet Mullins loves having winners here at Ballybrit and his RUSSIAN DIAMOND looks to hold leading claims in today’s Grade 3 Novice Chase. He has yet to jump a fence in public, but his hurdles form is pretty smart and he hacked up here in a bumper at last year’s Festival. He should be hard to beat with David Mullins taking the reins.

Galvin will change the complexion of this race if taking his chance after running in yesterday’s Plate, but as things stand he looks a doubtful runner.

Gordon Elliott has Aforementioned in here too, but he needs to improve on his Kilbeggan second to have a hope of shaking up the two Tipperary scorers Polished Steel and Dime A Dozen. They both looked pretty smart when winning their respective races and the latter gets a handy chunk of weight as the only mare in the field.

My Manekineko placed over timber on his only start here and he warmed up for this with a promising fourth at Killarney.

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NOT the strongest race of the week and that is why I would take a chance on ACCLAMATIO. Tony Martin’s six-year-old has yet to strike over timber and this presents him with an ideal opportunity to correct that. He’s won a few times on the Flat and even placed in a handicap here at the 2017 Festival. His last hurdles run was not devoid of promise either. He’s got the ability when meeting the right conditions and a strong pace around here should suit him. He looks the right type in an open handicap.

Castlehume is the only course and distance winner in the field, but that didn’t help him last year when twice beaten by double digits over this trip during Festival week.

Fight For Love is too lightly raced to dismiss after a poor run last time and Alabaster has been running well enough in his maidens to expect a big performance now handicapping. He can give the selection most to do. 

6.45

FELIX can get the cream in the Guinness Galway Hurdle. FELIX DESJY can give Gordon Elliott a first ever win in the Hurdle. He was a smart novice hurdler last year – winning a Grade 1 in style at Aintree and giving Klassical Dream a race at last year’s Punchestown Festival. He finished ahead of Aramon in both and gets weight from that rival here on handicap debut. Rated 151, this has clearly been the plan for some time and his recent hack-job on the Flat is sure to have put him spot-on for this. His ability to travel at pace will be a huge advantage and he has the class to blow this field apart.

Wonder Laish has been well supported in recent days and he’s on a competitive mark on his form from 2018. He reappeared in the Grimes at Tipperary and shaped like a horse who had retained all his old ability.

Aramon won that race well, but he has to defy top-weight here and Paul Townend prefers the chances of course winner Buildmeupbuttercup – she deserves her day in the sun.

Of the rest, Hunters Call is worthy of respect and a bold show from Aramax and Shanning would not surprise.

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7.15

LET it Snow at Galway. This race looks set up for JON SNOW to dominate from the front. Willie Mullins’ imposing five-year-old looked pretty smart in maidens last season, racking up a record of 3321 before the season was brought to an early close in March. He was likely being teed up for one of the big handicaps at Fairyhouse or Punchestown off this sort of mark and would have been very popular with punters to deliver. He was punted off the boards on his Flat return last month and ran as if he would come on bundles for it – he can show that here by comfortably seeing off his rivals.

The Very Man may force him to take an early lead if he runs, but the result will still be the same. Gordon Elliott’s prolific winner may be rated higher, but he has to give Jon Snow 6lb and I think the selection is a better horse anyway.

Belfast Banter is next best, but he has fallen short in lesser races before. 

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THE consistent CHERIF DE L’ISLE can grind out victory in this staying handicap hurdle. Naysayers would say that this lad is a slowboat stayer that doesn’t have the pace for a track like Galway, but I think he’s much more than that. He’s never finished out of the three since joining Gordon Elliott, so he clearly travels well enough to maintain his position throughout a race. I can’t see him out of the frame here.

The Trigger should go close to landing the four-timer under Mark Walsh, Victoria Bay signalled her wellbeing over fences last time and Tune The Chello has obvious claims off a fair mark on handicap debut. 

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Shannon Briggs volunteers to replace Roy Jones Jr in fight against Mike Tyson in November

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Shannon Briggs has volunteered to replace Roy Jones Jr and face Mike Tyson in November.

Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Tyson, 54, is preparing for his first fight since 2005 and signed to box Jones, 51, in an eight-round exhibition.

The pay-per-view spectacle was originally supposed to take place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in September but was pushed back to November 28 to attract a greater audience.

Shannon Briggs has volunteered to replace Roy Jones Jr and face Mike Tyson in November

Shannon Briggs has volunteered to replace Roy Jones Jr and face Mike Tyson in November

Shannon Briggs has volunteered to replace Roy Jones Jr and face Mike Tyson in November

Tyson is preparing for his first fight since 2005 and signed to box Jones in an exhibition

Tyson is preparing for his first fight since 2005 and signed to box Jones in an exhibition

Tyson is preparing for his first fight since 2005 and signed to box Jones in an exhibition

And while Tyson has continued to show off his incredible speed and sparring skills, Jones has admitted he may come to regret agreeing to the fight due to his inferior power and physical strength.

That has led Briggs, 48, to respond by putting his name into the hat to take his place by writing on Instagram:  ‘They say Champ having second thoughts.

‘Tag me in Champ! I am from Brownsville too. Never ran, never will. Let’s go champ.’

Former two-time world champion Briggs has not boxed in more than four years since a first-round knockout win against Argentine Emilio Zarate on a David Haye undercard.

However, Jones has since admitted he may regret the decision due to his physical inferiority

However, Jones has since admitted he may regret the decision due to his physical inferiority

However, Jones has since admitted he may regret the decision due to his physical inferiority

His 68th fight was his UK debut and last year he applied for a British boxing license in a bid to fight in the UK.

Meanwhile, Jones had threatened to walk away from fighting Tyson following the two-month postponement but the American later retracted his comments and agreed terms to remain involved.

And speaking earlier this month to Sky Sports, he insisted Tyson is the overwhelming favourite for the fight.

‘When it comes time to fight, we’re going to fight. If it comes down to bite, we’re going to bite. Whatever has to happen, is going to happen, that’s just what it is,’ Jones said.

Tyson's fight with Jones was originally set for September but was postponed until November

Tyson's fight with Jones was originally set for September but was postponed until November

Tyson’s fight with Jones was originally set for September but was postponed until November

‘He’s still Mike Tyson, he’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy, he’s the explosive guy.

‘He’s going to have all the first-round fireworks, not me. I do have first-round fireworks, but he’s known for more first-round fireworks than anybody to ever touch boxing, other than maybe George Foreman.

‘With him having the first-round fireworks, he’ll be against a guy smaller than him, maybe 40-50 pounds smaller than him. But who knows?’

Tyson has not fought professionally for 15 years, when he lost out to Kevin McBride in his final bout.

Jones, meanwhile, has only been inactive since 2018, when he won via unanimous decision against Scott Sigmon.

Briggs has not boxed in more than four years since a knockout win on a David Haye undercard

Briggs has not boxed in more than four years since a knockout win on a David Haye undercard

Briggs has not boxed in more than four years since a knockout win on a David Haye undercard

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Ronda Rousey hints at WWE return with Becky Lynch feud after X-rated ‘bulls***’ rant over her Battlegrounds rating

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RONDA ROUSEY has dropped a huge hint she could return to WWE after launching an X-rated rant at old rival Becky Lynch.

The former UFC superstar is still under contract with Vince McMahon’s company but has not competed since WrestleMania 35 in April 2019.

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WWE fans are getting excited over the prospect of a future match between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey

Rousey, 33, Lynch and Charlotte Flair made history that night by becoming the first females to ever compete in the main event of Mania.

It was Lynch who stole the show though, controversially pinning ‘Rowdy’ to become both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s champion.

Rousey has since stated her intention to start a family with her partner Travis Browne but was spotted training recently, sparking rumours of a potential return to the ring.

Meanwhile, Lynch is also currently out of action after announcing in April she and her fiance Seth Rollins were expecting their first child.

Despite their respective absences from TV, the war of words has always continued between the two women.

And Rousey has cranked it up again as she recently streamed WWE 2K Battlegrounds on her Facebook page.

The ‘Baddest Woman on the Planet’ took a shot at ‘The Man’ during the stream, and decided to not open her box while playing the game. 

And she was even less thrilled when she discovered Lynch’s rating on the game was 92, the same as her own.

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Rousey said: “They gave Becky the same as me? She knows that’s bull***t. You know that’s some bull***t.

“I’m gonna leave Becky Lynch’s box alone. I don’t want no ginger box, nobody does.

“Except for maybe Seth Rollins, but you know… that’s his thing.”

The furious row between the pair began in the build-up to WrestleMania as Lynch took a shot at her rival’s husband Browne.

He then fired back by calling Becky by her real name as he also slammed WWE.

Despite their mammoth clash in the triple threat match, the WWE Universe have still not got to see the duo go at it one-on-one.

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Man Utd should sack ‘soft’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and replace him with ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, says Agbonlahor

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MANCHESTER UNITED should replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mauricio Pochettino, claimed Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The former Aston Villa forward has also urged the Red Devils to sign a speedy centre-back and a new left-back.

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United suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season.

Andros Townsend broke the deadlock before Wilfried Zaha found the net twice in the second half.

The Reds have now lost three games on the bounce – against Sevilla, Aston Villa and Palace.



After this weekend’s match, Agbonlahor was asked whether Pochettino could do a better job than Solskjaer.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the 33-year-old immediately replied: “100 per cent.”

But former Spurs boss Pochettino has reiterated his desire to manage Real Madrid.

The three-cap England international insisted Solskjaer is too “soft” to be in charge.

Agbonlahor said: “If you could be a fly on the wall in the Manchester United changing room after this game, you can’t picture Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a go at his players.

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“You can’t picture it can you, if you did you’d probably be like, ‘Alright then Ole, go on let’s get out of here’.

“But Fergie, you know for a fact he would be hammering his players after that performance.

“Klopp, Pep, they’re not having it. That’s the problem with Manchester United.

“And like you’ve said there, Ole is too soft for me.

“You’ve said about a striker, yes you do need a striker. But today the problem for me was you need a centre-half with some sort of pace.

“If you’re playing Maguire and [Victor] Lindelof and you haven’t got a sitter in front of them, you’re going to get opened up every game.

“You can’t have McTominay as the one to protect Maguire and Lindelof.”

When asked what the Red Devils are missing, he said: “A left-back.

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“I don’t think Luke Shaw is the answer for Manchester United.

“[They need] A centre-back with speed that can play alongside Harry Maguire.”

Ally McCoist also slated Solskjaer after the disastrous home defeat on Saturday.

He said: “Manchester United are just a side that look although they will finish fourth, fifth or sixth.

“Twenty points away from the champions, that’s what is going to happen.”

“I just though the team selection was bizarre, it was absolute bizarre.”

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