Daily Irish racing tips for Cork and Fairyhouse – Easter Sunday best bes
Irish racing tips on Easter Sunday
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Easter Sunday over the sticks and we’ve picked out our daily Irish racing tips and best bets at each fixture.
Easter Sunday in Ireland plays host to two meetings taking place over the sticks with the second day of the Irish Grand National Festival meeting at Fairyhouse joined on the roster by jumps racing at Cork.
The Fairyhouse fixture features a Grade One contest over hurdles as well as two Grade Two races over the smaller obstacles; while there is also a Grade One contest and some high-class handicap action over fences.
Not to be outdone the fixture at Cork also features Graded action with a Grade Three contest over fences along with some competitive handicap action on their card.
We’ve looked over both fixtures on the day to pick out our daily Irish racing tips and best bets at each fixture on Easter Sunday.
EASTER SUNDAY BEST BETS – DAILY IRISH RACING TIPS FOR CORK & FAIRYHOUSE
2:50 Fairyhouse – Paddy Kehoe Suspended Ceilings Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m
MASTER MCSHEE had looked very promising in notching up a pair of impressive wins over hurdles back in December having found only Appreciate It too strong on his hurdling debut.
The Malinas gelding struck eye-catching wins at Cork and Leopardstown respectively in maiden and handicap company prior to being thrust into the Chanelle Pharma Hurdle at Leopardstown in February where he finished seventh behind Appreciate It.
Paddy Corkery’s charge was reported to have bled in that contest so he can be given another chance if back on song and he could resume earlier progress and build on the promise he had shown in notching up his two wins.
Assuming the quicker ground presents no problem then he can go well in this contest and no surprise to see him involved.
3:20 Fairyhouse – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m4f
A few of these contested the mares’ novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and it might pay to side with ROSEYS HOLLOW who finished seventh in that race; Jonathan Sweeney’s charge had won her two previous outings and the Beat Hollow mare can get back to winning ways.
Both those wins came over this course, the latter of which saw her hold off Royal Kahala by two lengths to win the Grade Three Solerina Mares’ Hurdle before her Cheltenham run where she was beaten around 13 lengths and no match for the winner.
That trip possibly was just too sharp for her having registered her two wins over 2m 2f and this step up in distance could unlock another level of improvement. Assuming the drying ground doesn’t catch her out then she can go well and she can make her presence felt as she bids to return to winning ways.
3:30 Cork – BARONERACING.COM Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 3m
GO ANOTHER ONE has been mixing chasing with hurdling to good effect and John McConnell’s charge can get back to winning ways here with the drying ground very much in his favour.
The Stowaway gelding hasn’t won over fences since successful back in September 2019 at Worcester; but has won twice since over hurdles last summer and he returned from almost five months off the track and back over fences to finish a creditable sixth in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival behind Mount Ida.
He possibly just failed to see out that trip but he returns to shorter for this outing and while he has a little bit to find at the weights he’s proven in the past that he can compete from this mark and his Cheltenham run latest wasn’t done any harm by the winner of that race running into third at Fairyhouse yesterday.
Quicker conditions are no problem and he’s a course and distance winner so he can make his presence felt here.
4:05 Cork – O’Dwyers Steel Dundrum Easter Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+ 0-145) 2m3f
COQOLINO has shown a decent of level of form in a light season over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up from three starts for Gordon Elliott and latterly getting off the mark for Denise Foster when successful at Navan last month where he ran out a four lengths’ victor over El Barra.
The French Fifteen gelding had previously won between the flags and finished runner-up behind Cheltenham Festival winner Bob Olinger in a Gowran Park bumper and there’s likely better to come from him as he switches to the handicap ranks now from a mark that could prove very workable.
He won well last time despite taking the last hurdle by the roots and the runner-up finished well clear of the third so it rates a very good performance although the strength of the form remains to be seen. Nevertheless he can go well and Jordan Gainford comes in for the ride and his 7lbs claim is excellent value so a big run here wouldn’t come as a surprise.
5:00 Fairyhouse – Underwriting Exchange Gold Cup Novice Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+) 2m4f
ANDY DUFRESENE will be fresher than most of these rivals having missed Cheltenham and Denise Foster’s charge can get back to winning ways in this Grade One contest.
A high-class hurdler although he perhaps didn’t quite hit the heights expected he has shown plenty of ability over the larger obstacles where he won his first two starts prior to posting an excellent third behind Monkfish in the Flogas Novices’ Chase, finishing ahead of the reopposing Asterion Forlonges.
The Doyen gelding went well for a long way in that contest but lacked the gears to get competitive when the pace lifted; but he looks worth another chance with no Monkfish in this line-up and he’s open to further improvement after just three chase starts.
With underfoot conditions unlikely to faze him he ought to give a good account in a competitive renewal of this prize and no surprise if he were to go close.