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BELFAST BANTER: Top victor 8-1 favourite for Galway Hurdle

Grade 1 hurdler Belfast Banter is the market leader for Thursday’s Galway Hurdle

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2F7PT8C Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2021 Belfast Banter ridden by Kevin Sexton wins the 2:20 Betway Top Novices? Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

Grand National Festival winner Belfast Banter has been installed as the general 8-1 favourite for Thursday’s Guinness Galway Hurdle.

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The duel English winner, who scored remarkable back-to-back successes at Cheltenham and Aintree earlier this year, will test his mettle back across the Irish Sea at Ballybrit for Peter Fahey.

WATCH: BELFAST BANTER WINS THE GRADE 1 TOP NOVICES’ HURDLE AT AINTREE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Jeremy won at this course back in October off a mark of 121 – he will return off 23lb higher as he bids for a fifth career success under Kevin Sexton and an unlikely hat-trick of victories.

19 runners contest the Galway Hurdle Handicap on Thursday

Earlier this month, amateur rider Derek O’Connor stated that he believed Belfast Banter was a horse for punters to keep onside ahead of the Grade A renewal.

He told the Racing Post: “In his early races Belfast Banter wasn’t a great stayer, not a great finisher of his races, but he won here in October and absolutely bolted up in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham.

2F7PT8J Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2021 Belfast Banter ridden by Kevin Sexton wins the 2:20 Betway Top Novices? Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Belfast Banter ridden by Kevin Sexton wins the 2:20 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

“People were questioning him again going to Aintree but he went and won a Grade 1. He’s a top-level winner carrying a light weight – 10st 13lb – in a Galway Hurdle. He’s a good horse with track form.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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