Best Irish racing bets on Saturday 4 July – Tips for Bellewstown and Naas

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We give our best Irish racing bets for Saturday’s fixtures at Bellewstown and Naas.

While all the attention will be focussed on the Epsom Derby day action, there is still Irish racing going to post with meetings on the flat at Naas where there is Group Three action as well as at Bellewstown where the racing goes over the sticks.

The race of the day across the Irish Sea is the Group Three Lacken Stakes at Naas where an eight-race card awaits including further Group Three and Listed racing on their racecard.

We look over both cards on Saturday and give our best Irish racing bets and tips on another busy afternoon of equine action on both sides of the Irish Sea.


3:05 Naas – Naas Apprentice Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 6f

The veteran DOONARD PRINCE goes well at this venue and he bumped into a rapidly improving rival when finding only one too good over the minimum trip here latest last month.

Ross O’Sullivan’s Footstepsinthesand gelding had filled the same position on his return from a break and he ran better than the result when finishing fourth at Navan inbetween those silver medal finishes.

His last win came here over five furlongs in October; but he’s effective over this furlong longer trip and he should remain competitive from the same mark. A repeat of his run ten days ago could be good enough to see the eleven-year old back in the winners’ enclosure and with three wins and four efforts in the frame at this venue he ought to be involved.

3:20 Bellewstown – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m4f

MARIA FRANCESCA was put up by this column on her last start and Gordon Elliott’s charge shaped well for a long way prior to tiring, suggesting that she needed the run.

The Califet mare had shown glimpses of ability for Nigel Twiston-Davies prior to her switch to the top Irish handler and she could be worth giving another chance now that she has a recent outing under her belt.

She finished sixth in that first run back where she sported a hood for the first time and she was pitching until the second last where she started to tire. A tired mistake at the last when beaten possibly stopped her from finishing closer but she could improve for the run and a useful claimer can take off a handy 4lbs.

She can be given another chance on the back of that promising return and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her improve on the outing with her trainer adept with such types.

Gordon Elliott features in our best Irish racing bets on Saturday

Gordon Elliott features in our best Irish racing bets on Saturday

4:30 Bellewstown – Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m½f

EAGLE MOON has faced a couple of stiff tests over hurdles thus far, but the Spanish moon gelding has performed with credit both times behind Easywork and Mt Leinster respectively in those runs.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge finished fourth on the first occasion behind Easywork (Mt Leinster runner-up) although he might have needed that run which was his first in more than one year following his arrival from France.

Possibly amiss on his last outing behind Mt Leinster at Leopardstown on Boxing Day, that race represents strong form and this is certainly an easier assignment on his return to action following six months off.

A first-time tongue-tie is deployed here which may help eke out some improvement and if fully revved up on his return then he ought to go well under Robbie Power and he can prove better than he’s been able to show in both runs thus far.

5:45 Naas – Coolmore Sioux Nation Lacken Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 6f

ART POWER is going from strength to strength and the Dark Angel colt took another forward step when impressively blitzing rivals to win a competitive Royal Ascot handicap last month.

Also a winner at York and Newcastle either side of a break, Tim Easterby’s charge likely has better to come and it was no mean feat to make all against some useful sorts in that latest success.

He could take high order this term among sprinters and while his last success came over the minimum trip he had won well over this distance at Newcastle where he brushed aside Electric Mistress and others to score convincingly. That race has thrown up a couple of winners, while one of the also-rans from his Ascot win has since run well in Listed company.

Another forward step will be required here, but he’s certainly one who is going the right way and he can take the rise in class in his stride to strike again and keep his winning run going.

Art Power tops our best Irish bets for Saturday.

Art Power tops our best Irish racing bets selections for Saturday.