Best bets for Curragh and Tramore – Irish racing tips on Friday 14 August

Best bets for Curragh and Tramore on Friday.Best bets for Curragh and Tramore on Friday.

Two more Irish horse racing fixtures head to post on Friday and we give our best bets for Curragh and Tramore.

Although not part of Irish Champions Weekend, the Friday meeting at the Curragh is a cracker with two Group Three contests on the agenda as well as Listed action. The feature race of the afternoon at the premier Irish venue is the Irish St Leger Trial, ably supported by the Royal Whip Stakes on an eight-race card.

The Curragh action takes place in the afternoon, while Tramore’s Friday racecard sees action over the sticks in the evening with a seven-race programme featuring some competitive handicaps over the smaller obstacles.

We take a look over both of Friday’s scheduled racecards and give our Irish racing tips and best bets for Curragh and Tramore.


2:30 Curragh – Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m6f

Aidan O’Brien has won the last six renewals of this contest and the Ballydoyle maestro holds solid claims again with DELPHI who can keep his winning run going in this contest.

The Galileo colt has won his last three starts, improving each time and latterly scoring impressively over twelve furlongs here to take Listed honours in July with a win in the Nijinsky Stakes from Numen.

He made all the running that day, finding plenty in front having asserted turning into the straight and there may be even more to come from him now stepping up again in distance which ought to suit given how strong he was at the finish when last seen.

The application of blinkers has certainly helped also and the headgear can continue to spur him on to better so he is taken to continue his progress now tried in Group Three company.

3:00 Curragh – Irish Field Celebrating 150 Years Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m2f

SINAWANN bounced back to form when scoring in the recent Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown last month and Mick Halford’s charge can build on that performance to follow up.

The Kingman colt holds a course win to his name from last campaign and he found only Mogul too strong on his final juvenile outing in the Group Two KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes. He might have needed the run but was arguably up against it in any case when finishing sixth in the Irish 2000 Guineas behind Siskin although he didn’t help his cause by racing freely early on.

His return to winning ways saw him run out a one length victor over Confidence High and that form doesn’t look too bad. He can improve again though and while this is a tougher assignment he could have more to come over this longer trip.

He’s taken to find another chunk of progress to follow up despite being penalised for that last win.

Mick Halford saddles one of our best bets for Curragh on Friday.

Mick Halford saddles one of our best bets for Curragh on Friday.

3:30 Curragh – Big Picture Communications Maiden (3yo+) 1m2f

GOLD MAZE has been running in much stronger company than this and Jessica Harrington’s charge is hard to oppose back in maiden company having contested both the English and Irish Derbies this term.

The Golden Horn colt has been far from disgraced in either of those Group One outings, latterly fading to finish down the field at Epsom although there’s a suspicion he didn’t handle the track too well given how he hung markedly left in the straight.

He’s run well on all his starts at this venue and a return to the Curragh will likely show him in a better light easing back in both trip and class where he could prove different class to this field of rivals.

Clear on ratings he does face some unexposed potential improvers; but he’s the form pick and ought to go very close to shedding his maiden tag here.

5:45 Tramore – Strand Street Tramore Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m

Runner-up in a point-to-point prior to joining Henry de Bromhead, SANI PASS offered something to work on on her hurdles debut at Bellewstown last month before showing improvement for the experience latest over this course and distance.

The Robin Des Pres mare was made plenty of use of out in front and she was only run down close home by eventual winner Getaway Glenda. That form has taken a couple of knocks since however.

Nevertheless, it was a decent effort from him on just his second attempt over the smaller obstacles and he could continue to progress with more experience.

This isn’t the strongest of contests he finds himself in though and a repeat of that last-time effort in this latest outing might be enough to see her get off the mark at the third attempt.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead on the gallops at Cheltenham Racecourse ahead of this weeks Cheltenham Festival meeting.

6:15 Tramore – Noel Ryan Tree Surgeon Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m

ELEGANT LASS has shown improved form this campaign, making a winning reappearance at Bellewstown where she was a ready winner over Shamad and then almost following up over courser and distance ten days later where she found only Imperial Choice too strong by three lengths.

Thomas Gibney’s Dandy Man mare possibly did too much in front that day where she tried to make all but was headed at the last obstacle although she kept on well. That form has been boosted with the winner scoring again since while the third horse home filled the same spot on his next run.

The selection was also giving 10lbs to the winner so has to be given some credit for the run and she can turn out here from just 3lbs higher in the weights so a repeat of that performance ought to put her firmly in the mix once more.

Assuming she continues in similar form then she can get involved again and no surprise if she gets back on the scoresheet this time around.