Best bets at Curragh and Tramore – Thursday 15 October Irish racing tips
Two horse racing fixtures in Ireland complement the day’s racing in the UK and we look over both of the day’s Irish racing cards to give our best bets at Curragh and Tramore.
While there’s plenty of horse racing action across the UK on Thursday there are also two meetings heading to post in Ireland with racing both over the sticks and on the level.
The day’s horse racing fixtures in Ireland come from the Curragh on the flat where there is Listed action with the TRM Waterford Testimonial Stakes; while over the sticks there is also a meeting at Tramore.
Three of our four selections at Punchestown on Wednesday struck gold, returning at 11/4, 2/1 and 11/1 and we’ve got five selections on Thursday as we chase more winners. Check out our picks below as we give our best bets at Curragh and Tramore.
THURSDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT CURRAGH AND TRAMORE
1:45 Tramore – Ardmore Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m
MILLION PERCENT has shown some signs of ability in a trio of starts in maidens for Henry de Bromhead but now that the Sageburg gelding tackles handicaps we might see the best of him going forward.
He’s yet to trouble the judge in three starts to date, but he ran a decent race last time when finishing seventh to Deployed at Kilbeggan and that form doesn’t look too bad given both the third and fourth horses home have filled the frame again in subsequent outings.
This is a moderate bunch of mostly exposed rivals he takes on for his handicap debut where a mark of 93 could prove workable and he’s entitled to progress so might be worth chancing to get off the mark now so it would come as no great shock to see him getting involved here under Rachael Blackmore.
2:05 Curragh – Equilux Scientifically Proven System Handicap (3yo+ 45-75) 6f
FUGACIOUS remains a maiden after 18 starts on turf and the all-weather, but the Fast Company gelding is chanced to make his belated breakthrough after a number of very solid runs revently that has seen John Feane’s charge firmly in the mix.
Runner-up at Kilbeggan in August where he was beaten only a half-length behind Dragon Of Malta he has finished third in two of his subsequent three starts including latest at Tipperary behind Angel Palanas and he could go close again with a repeat of that.
His last three starts have all come in blinkers which are absent for this outing where he drops to six furlongs; but the trip shouldn’t pose a concern and he handles these conditions well. The handicapper has pushed him up 1lb for that last run, but he can go well if getting away on terms from his high draw and he can make his presence felt.
2:53 Tramore – Tramore Racecourse On Instagram Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m5f
BEAT OF THE SEA has been switching between racing on the flat and over hurdles in recent times and the Born To Sea mare could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.
Seamus Fahey’s charge has two wins over hurdles to his name, both of which came at Kilbeggan with the latest back in August where he ran out a good winner over Sweet Sting where he struck by almost two lengths and his last two outings over timber have come on the back of a fair sixth on the flat at Navan.
Those runs have yielded in-the-frame efforts at Listowel and Gowran Park respectively, latterly finding only Dime A Dozen too good on better ground with a couple of these rivals well held behind But back on a softer surface he might be able to go one better having been raised only 1lb for recent efforts and she can certainly make her presence felt with a bold bid to get back on the scoresheet.
3:15 Curragh – Equilux Works Or Your Money Back Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65) 7f
BORN INVINCIBLE showed only moderate form for her previous handler Adrian Joyce, but the Born To Sea filly has shown improvement since being stepped up in distance by new trainer Gerard O’Leary and there might be more to come from her.
She likely needed her first run back following a year off and five furlongs might have been too sharp when beating only one home at the Curragh; but stepped up to this trip for her next outing she ran a much better race to finish fifth at Roscommon and took another forward step when last seen to strike at Limerick last month, beating Enter The Red by just over one length.
She appeared to win a shade readily that day, keeping on strongly in the last furlong having been held up to get up close home and with the race throwing up four subsequent winners she could prove a tough nut to crack if progressing again despite being hit with a 6lbs rise in the weights.
3:50 Curragh – Equilux Costs Less Than 2 Euros A Week Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f
FLOR DE LA LUNA was pulled up quickly on her debut at Roscommon back in June and was found to be lame afterwards so that effort can be easily excused and the Sea The Moon filly is given another chance in what looks a winnable contest.
Jessica Harrington’s charge had been well fancied for that race where she was sent off odds-on favourite to win; but things clearly didn’t go to plan and she’s been given plenty of time to recover from that mishap as she makes her return from four months off the track.
She might be worth chancing to atone for that debut and she was clearly held in regard as she held an Oaks entry at the time of that first run so there may be plenty to come from her despite possibly needing this experience.
Essentially her racecourse debut given she only went about one furlong last time she rates a very interesting runner and all being well she could deliver a big run.