Best bets for Sligo and Bellewstown – Thursday’s Irish racing tips

Race horses at Gowran ParkRace horses at Gowran Park

With two more Irish racing fixtures going to post on Thursday we give our best bets for Sligo and Bellewstown on another busy day of racing.

Racing in Ireland continues on Thursday with a pair of scheduled fixtures on the flat at Bellewstown in the afternoon and Sligo in the evening. In total 15 races will unfold across both venues and while there’s no Pattern races to take in on the day there’s nevertheless lots of competitive action for punters to unravel in the search for winners.

Our Irish racing tips have been in good fettle in recent weeks with numerous winners and we’re hoping to continue our good spell with our best bets for Sligo and Bellewstown on Thursday.


2:30 Bellewstown – Bellewstown Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m6f

AASLEAGH FAWN looks the way to go here having stepped up on a fair return behind the reopposing Dollar Value to find only one too good latest at Navan where the Kalanisi mare was beaten only a half-length.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge won twice last term including over a shorter trip at this venue and that latest outing saw her being run down only late in the day, headed and passed in the last few strides having tried to make all.

A return to this longer trip is in her favour and she’s won at this distance in the past; while course form here is always a plus. The handicapper has pushed her up 3lbs for that latest run, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her remaining competitive from her higher mark and she can go close in what looks a trappy contest.

4:00 Bellewstown – Tara Stud Handicap (4yo+ 60-90) 1m

ROYAL HIGHNESS wasn’t seen to best effect in a competitive handicap contest at the Curragh On Irish Derby day, but she had been consistent prior to that run and could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back in an easier contest.

The Dream Ahead filly had shown plenty of fair form prior to opening her account in a Dundalk maiden back in December. That success was followed up by further in-the-frame efforts at Dundalk and Gowran Park prior to her latest seventh.

That was a more competitive contest than this one and this stiffer test ought to suit Henry de Bromhead’s charge. Assuming this doesn’t come too soon just five days on then she could quickly resume her earlier decent form returning to slightly more suitable company and a better effort wouldn’t surprise here.

Racehorse trainer Henry de Bromhead

Our best bets for Sligo and Bellewstown includes a Henry de Bromhead-trained runner.

5:10 Sligo – Kennedy’s Bar Sligo Fillies Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 5½f

In the hope that the ground doesn’t worsen too much given the rain forecast, POWERSVILLE can get back on the scoresheet having returned to action this term in good fettle.

Thomas Mullins’ Frozen Power gelding was a dual-winner on better ground last term, scoring here and Naas before struggling in the mud on subsequent outings. Back from a break and faces with better ground he ran a good third on his return at Naas before getting to within a half-length of Baby Power on his latest start at Fairyhouse last week.

He did well to finish as close as he did as he was hampered at halfway and while he was also impeded close home he was arguably held; it was a good effort nonetheless and a 3lbs rise is workable given he has won off a mark of 73 in the past.

He has shown his best form on better ground so any more rain would be a negative; but if the ground remains as is or better then his chances will be improved and he can continue in good form to get back on the scoresheet here.

6:10 Sligo – Strandhill Caravan Park Handicap (3yo 45-65) 1m4½f

LITTLE BROTHER finished third behind the reopposing Jan Wellens where the pair clashed at Roscommon recently, but given that the selection ran loose prior to the race and only ended up being beaten three lengths it was an effort that can be upgraded.

James Nash’s charge had also finished third the time before when making his seasonal return over the same course and distance behind Alexei Vronsky, beaten just over one length, and the assessor has left him alone in the ratings following his latest outing so he has a slight pull at the weights now with Ger Lyons’ rival.

This longer trip could suit the Gale Force Ten gelding and eke out a chunk of improvement, and if displaying better behaviour this time around prior to the start then he might well be capable of reversing recent form to get off the mark.