Friday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Cork and Kilbeggan
Irish horse racing tips on Friday
There is more Irish horse racing action to look forward to on Friday as two meetings go to post over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets at both cards.
We look over the Friday horse racing action in Ireland where two meetings head to post over the sticks and on the level and 16 races will unfold across both of the racecards where the day’s flat racing card comes from Cork and the jumping action from Kilbeggan.
We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards taking place and pick out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT CORK & KILBEGGAN
3:40 Cork – Blackwater Race (3yo) 1m2f
ISLE OF SARK won on his debut on the Dundalk all-weather back in November last year but the Kitten’s Joy colt shaped well in defeat on his reappearance behind Bolshoi Ballet in the Ballysax Stakes and with that behind him he could get back to winning ways here.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge was beaten three lengths in that Group Three outing where he kept on well from the rear but never seriously threatened to get involved; but it was a promising effort that hinted at better to come and further improvement will put him firmly in the mix here.
Proven at the distance is an asset and he can put his stamina to good use to come out on top here.
4:45 Cork – Follow Us On Twitter Handicap (4yo+) 7f
The consistent ICE COLD IN ALEX deserves to pick up a winners’ purse given his consistency but he is proving very hard to win with; nevertheless the Olden Times gelding is chanced again to get back to winning ways.
It is 13 runs since Ken Condon’s admirable campaigner last tasted victory, but he’s largely run well in defeat in some hot handicaps and he wasn’t beaten far on his recent reappearance at Leopardstown when finishing third.
That run should have sharpened him up and a 2lbs rise in the weights leaves him still well-treated on old form with his last win coming off 81; while he’s placed of ratings as high as 84 last campaign.
Things will need to drop right for the seven-year old but he is 7lbs better off with the horse who finished just in front of him last time and he can go close again here.
6:25 Kilbeggan – Mullingar Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 3m½f
FOUR HORSEMEN turned in his best effort yet when finding only one too good at Limierick latest and the Milan gelding can go one better here.
Tom Nagle’s charge was beaten around three lengths on that occasion behind Definiteadare, keeping on well without matching the winner so this step up in trip might suit and bring about a measure of improvement; while the ground was less testing than it had been in previous runs and the continued drying surface could show more.
That winner has since run well in defeat so the form looks fair and Rachael Blackmore takes over in the saddle now so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise assuming this doesn’t come too soon just eight days on.
7:25 Kilbeggan – Congratulations Freewheelin Dylan Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-109) 2m4f
PRINCELY CONN has proven none too consistent in his career, but he turned in a career best effort to win at Clonmel last month and the Whitmore’s Conn gelding could follow up here if in similar mood.
The veteran was winning for the first time over the larger obstacles when running out a half-length winner over Half Shot with the reopposing Hell On Earth a further place behind; that runner-up has filled the same spot again subsequently to give the form some substance and Thomas Mullins’ charge can strike again back in a handicap.
This return to a longer trip is no issue and while he has more on his plate in this contest from this higher rating it wouldn’t be a shock to see him in the mix.