Friday Irish racing best bets – Top tips at the Curragh and Kilbeggan

We take at look at Friday’s horse racing fixtures and reveal our Friday Irish racing best bets for success from the day’s meetings at the Curragh and Kilbeggan.

In addition to four meetings across the UK on Friday, the day’s Irish horse racing comes on the flat at the Curragh where there is Listed action on the card; while over the sticks there is also racing at Kilbeggan.

We look over both of the day’s card and reveal our Friday Irish racing best bets including the day’s feature race, the Midsummer Sprint Stakes.


5:15 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (3yo+) 1m

DAYLIGHT COME looked in need of the run when finishing fourth over ten furlongs at this venue and Jim Bolger’s charge can show the benefit of that outing dropping back to one mile for this outing.

The Dawn Approach colt had run well on his debut behind Valeria Messalina last September at Naas, and he bumped into the Epsom Derby winner Serpentine in that reappeareance where he faded and possibly found his stamina stretched.

That form very much puts him in the picture as does his solid debut effort and likely to improve could do better still now he has a run under his belt with the lesser distance here likely to see him in a better light.

5:25 Kilbeggan – Follow Kilbeggan On Instagram (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+) 2m4f

SANTANA PLESSIS won a bumper here last July and Gordon Elliott’s charge hasn’t shaped at all badly in two starts over hurdles either side of nearly eight months off the track.

The Saint Des Saints gelding finished fifth on his hurdles debut at Thurles back in November although he possibly needed the experience and that run was bettered when last seen out finishing fourth at Roscommon last month.

Sure to strip fitter for the reappearance he wasn’t helped by a couple of tired mistakes late on; but he’s shown enough to suggest he can win a race over obstacles and if building on that return upped in trip for this outing then he can go close given he has the potential to improve again in this discipline after just two starts.

Gordon Elliott saddles one of our Friday Irish racing best bets at Kilbeggan.

Gordon Elliott saddles one of our Friday Irish racing best bets at Kilbeggan.

7:15 Curragh – Sky Bet Midsummer Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 5½f

BUFFER ZONE struck on his last visit to this venue, scoring over six furlongs last September prior to tackling the Ayr Gold Cup where he struggled under a penalty. However Ger Lyons’ charge has run well on both outings this term and can make his presence felt.

The Bated Breath gelding may just have needed his reappearance in a Listed contest at Naas where he finished third to Sceptical; that form though has proven strong and he built on the run to finish a close third when last seen out behind Speak In Colours in the recent Group Two Greenlands Stakes.

That winner has gone in again since and he looks worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here given his solid course record easing back into Listed company so long as the ground doesn’t turn up too testing.

7:45 Curragh – Sky Bet Ebor Trial Handicap (Premier Handicap) (4yo+) 1m6f

VERIMLI was a multiple winner in France for Alain Du Royer-Dupre prior to joining Joseph O’Brien and the Born To Sea gelding made a very pleasing debut for the Owning Hill handler when finishing fourth behind the reopposing Edification here last month.

That was a better effort than the bare result suggests as he raced freely and met trouble in running having been caught further back; while he possibly just failed to get home on his first outing in ten months.

He’ll surely be sharper for that run and this extra quarter-mile looks in his favour having placed over this trip at Deauville for his previous handler. Taken to build on that reappearance he can prove a different proposition now and no surprise to see him getting involved in the finish of this competitive handicap.