Best bets for Limerick and Kilbeggan – Friday’s Irish horse racing tips

Friday's Irish racing tips. We give our best bets for Limerick and Kilbeggan.Friday's Irish racing tips. We give our best bets for Limerick and Kilbeggan.

There are two Irish horse racing meetings going to post on Friday and we give our best bets for Limerick and Kilbeggan.

Supporting the four UK horse racing fixtures taking place on Friday, there are two meetings going to post in Ireland on Friday with afternoon flat racing from Limerick, while Kilbeggan are racing over the sticks with an evening racecard.

Fifteen races span both of the day’s racing in Ireland and we give our best bets for Limerick and Kilbeggan on Friday.

BEST BETS FOR LIMERICK AND KILBEGGAN – FRIDAY 17 JULY

2:30 Limerick – LimerickRaces.ie Maiden (Div I) (3yo+) 1m


LOUGH CUTRA is worth another chance having shaped well in defeat in his starts to date and the Oasis Dream colt can land a breakthrough success here.

Ger Lyons’ charge has made the frame in all four of his career starts, twice finishing runner-up with the latest coming at Leopardstown on his penultimate start. He was last seen finishing fourth at Naas behind Meaningful Note on his handicap debut, not seen at his best having raced freely in the soft ground.

That form has been boosted though with the runner-up since scoring at Cork and the application of blinkers for this latest run could see him deliver some improvement. The better surface here is another plus and he can post a big run back in a maiden.

3:30 Limerick – Newcastle West Apprentice Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m


Musalsal and LADY ARONA finished 1-2 in a recent encounter at Gowran Park, but the Big Bad Bob filly is taken to turn the tables and Gavin Cromwell’s charge can come out on top here and reverse that form.

She was posting a career-best effort in that latest run having shown only moderate form previously for Jessica Harrington and her two starts for this yard were underwhelming. But she was ridden more prominently last time which appeared to suit her better and she was only denied by a half-length at the line where she was run down late.

She’s only 1lb higher here but also 1lb better off with her last time conquerer; while her rider can claim a further 4lbs so ought to be able to turn the tables here with a repeat and is taken to deliver.

Trainer Gavin Cromwell saddles one of our best bets for Limerick and Kilbeggan.

5:15 Kilbeggan – Follow Kilbeggan On Instagram Mares Hurdle (4yo+) 2m


MAKE MY HEART FLY is quickly turned out back over hurdles having struck over the larger obstacles four days ago at Roscommon; Gordon Elliott’s charge can double up here if showing a similar level of form.

The Stowaway mare was a progressive sort over the smaller obstacles during the 2018 season, winning four times and making the frame at Listed level. She also took in Grade Three contests towards the end of that campaign but has spent most of her time since over fences where she’s won twice including latest.

Last seen in this sphere finishing a neck-second to Macgiloney at Bellewstown she is 1lb lower here than that effort and the trip is no problem having posted that latest chase win over this distance. If continuing in form back over timber then she could take plenty of beating assuming this doesn’t come too soon.

6:15 Kilbeggan – Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-116) 2m


IAMASTARTOO is still a maiden after twenty attempts, but despite failing to score the Well Chosen mare could be worth siding with to earn a belated breakthrough win having shaped well again in defeat behind Dawson’s Cottate over this course and distance last month.

Noel Meade’s charge was beaten less than two lengths on her first outing for more than eight months; but she had only once finished out of the frame in her hurdles runs last term and the consistent sort ought to continue to run well.

She’ll be sharper with that run under her belt where she was denied by just under two lengths; she wasn’t helped by a last-hurdle mistake although it is debatable whether it affected the outcome. The handicapper has only pushed her up 2lbs for that run and if she can build on that promising return to action then she might well be able to get off the mark with a good 7lbs claimer up.