Friday Irish horse racing tips – Best bets at Sligo and Tipperary
Friday’s Irish horse racing action takes in two fixtures at Sligo and Tipperary on the flat and we give our best bets at both fixtures with our Irish racing tips.
After a Thursday double from our selections we turn our attention to Friday’s Irish racing fixtures which sees two meetings taking place on the flat. The afternoon’s racing comes from Sligo, while the twilight action takes place at Tipperary.
Across both fixtures there will be 14 races in all and we look over the Friday action to give our best bets and Irish racing tips at Sligo and Tipperary.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT SLIGO AND TIPPERARY
2:45 Sligo – Kevin Egan Cars Handicap (3yo+) 1m2f
Good ground could prove the key to AMBITIOUS APPROACH who looked better than ever when only narrowly denied on his recent comeback at Navan in June; Jim Bolger’s charge can build on that effort to get off the mark here.
The Dawn Approach gelding shaped with some ability last term without winning although he perhaps wasn’t seen at his best having been contesting in softer conditions. However, the ground was much quicker when denied by only a short-head latest behind Mutadaawel and with conditions likely to be similar again he can improve with this longer trip likely to suit.
That form has taken a few knocks while he needs another forward step now having been raised 3lbs for that near miss; but there might be more in the locker now his stamina is being drawn out and every chance he can make his presence felt in this contest.
3:55 Sligo – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Connacht Oaks Fillies & Mares Handicap (3yo+) 1m4½f
WILDERNESS has been in excellent heart since returning from a break and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can quickly get back to winning ways having been narrowly denied a four-timer at Down Royal last month.
The Cityscape mare had won her previous three starts which included a defeat of Thursday scorer Sweet Affection over this distance at Leopardstown; she was latterly beaten only a neck behind Elizabethofaragon where she was only caught late in the day and she should appreciate this return to a longer trip.
A further 6lbs rise in the weights makes life tougher, but she could still have more to come and may yet have further scope so she is chanced to continue her good form and a repeat of that last run upped in trip might be good enough to see her get back on track.
5:10 Tipperary – www.tipperaryraces.ie Maiden (3yo+) 7½f
PIRATE LASS is the most experienced of this field with five starts under her belt; while the Born To Sea filly has yet to strike she has shown enough to suggest she can pick up a small win and this could prove a decent opportunity for Robert Brabazon’s charge to get off the mark.
She’s only one finished out of the frame and latterly shaped as if just stretched by the trip at Gowran Park when beaten almost four lengths into third behind Never Forgotten. That form is fair and she might prove happier back at this stiff seven furlongs so may well be capable of getting her head in front.
There is a fear that she is more exposed and so could prove vulnerable to an improver; but she’s produced a consistent and fair level of performance and she might still have more to offer with her ability to handle these conditions already proven.
6:10 Tipperary – Tipperary Handicap (3yo+ 50-85) 7½f
KODIAC PRINCE has shown improved form since switching to handicaps upped in trip, finishing fourth at Leopardstown last month and then getting off the mark at Gowran Park with a defeat of Take My Hand nine days on from that handicap debut.
Tom Cleary’s Kodiac gelding had just over one length to spare at the line but he gave the impression he won a shade cosily and the front two pulled clear of the rest. That form was done no harm when the runner-up was beaten a short-head next time to bag another silver medal and while this is a much tougher test he remains with potential for better.
The handicapper has hit him with an increase of 11lbs following that run and he’s 1lb out of the weights here; but many of his rivals are more exposed and so it might be worth siding with him to continue his progress where he can make his presence felt.