Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the Galway Races 2021 Summer Festival is kicking off on Monday and Conna horse trainer Jimmy Mangan says that he is hoping to see horses he has trained, running.

In April 2020, the Galway Race Committee made the decision that the Summer Festival would not take place due to public health and safety reasons. Now, however, the festival is set to resume with the first race of the seven-day event taking place at 4.10pm on Monday, albeit with reduced numbers in attendance.

Speaking with The Avondhu, Mr Mangan said that he is looking forward to the event.

“It’s the Cheltenham of the West. Unfortunately there is only 1,000 people allowed to attend, but Galway is in for a shock,” Mr Mangan said.

Recent times saw success for Mr Mangan with Chelseas Friend, a six year old bay mare, owned by William Mangan who saw wins at Kilbeggan in June and Ballinrobe in May when ridden by Rachel Blackmore.

When asked whether Chelseas …

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