Friday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Kilbeggan and Leopardstown
Friday Irish racing tips at Kilbeggan and Leopardstown
Two more horse racing fixtures in Ireland go to post on Friday with action both over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing tips at both meetings.
There is further horse racing action in Ireland this Friday where two meetings head to post throughout the afternoon and evening over the sticks and on the flat.
The day’s flat racing action comes in the afternoon from Leopardstown which features the Listed Levmoss Stakes as the day’s highlight; while over the sticks in the evening there is racing from Kilbeggan.
We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards in Ireland to pick out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT KILBEGGAN & LEOPARDSTOWN
2:30 Leoaprdstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (3yo) 1m
EBENEEZER PERRY looked a potentially useful prospect on his sole juvenile start last term, undone by inexperience but still managing to finish a good third behind Vafortino at this venue and Ger Lyons’ charge can show improvement.
The Territories colt wasn’t able to get competitive but ran on well late once the penny dropped and both of those horses who finished ahead of him have gone on to land further successes as well as compete in Pattern company.
A couple of those who were behind have also won since and with plenty of scope to improve for his in-form yard he can progress for that initial experience over this extra furlong to get off the mark at the second attempt.
4:00 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies & Mares Handicap (3yo+) 1m2f
YA YA BABY returns to the flat following a spell over timber and the switch in discipline could see Jessica Harrington’s charge get back to winning ways.
The Hallowed Crown filly was a Galway winner last August, scoring by a short-head over Take My Hand and although she failed to add to her tally she continued to run well in defeat and twice made the frame from four subsequent starts before going over timber.
The last of those flat starts came at Gowran Park in September when beaten into third by Sasta and she can turn out here from 3lbs lower in the weights back amongst her own sex so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see her going close.
5:40 Kilbeggan – Irish Farmers Journal Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (4-5yo) 2m3½f
PALM BEACH has finished runner-up on all three starts to date over hurdles but the Galileo gelding can open his account now.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge was a winner on the flat for Aidan O’Brien prior to moving to this yard where he’s been beaten less than two lengths on all three outings for this handler, most recently going down by a length and a half behind Curious Bride at Punchestown in January.
That was a good effort although he wasn’t helped by making a mistake at the final obstacle which could have cost him victory and he had a smart one behind in Zoffanien who has won twice and ran well at the Cheltenham Festival.
With blinkers applied for the first time it is possible the headgear can pull out some improvement and he looks set for another big run here where he can get off the mark.
6:15 Kilbeggan – Mullingar Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3½f
BERKSHIRE ROYAL was a very decent exponent on the flat for Andrew Balding , winning three times during the 2018 season and making the frame in some valuable handicaps including the Lavazza Handicap at Ascot.
The Sir Percy gelding subsequently joined Willie Mullins where he’s had just one start to date when thrust into the 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where unsurprisingly he cut little ice behind Shishkin.
That run came on the back of more than 500 days off the track and he returns here following another lengthy absence which is a slight worry. However it is interesting connections persevere with him over timber and this is a significantly easier assignment he faces than when last seen over timber.
Assuming he retains all his old ability he could be hard to beat here and he can make a winning reappearance.
6:50 Kilbeggan – Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m4f
BURLESQUE QUEEN shaped well on her first start over fences here last month and Elizabeth Doyle’s charge can improve for that experience to strike at the second attempt over the larger obstacles.
The Gold Well mare won a decent handicap over hurdles at Leopardstown over Christmas and she finished a good third over fences when last seen, beaten ten lengths behind Felicidad where she finished well although no match for the winner having perhaps just been given too much to do.
She’ll have learned plenty from that first run and if her jumping can improve she looks capable of a big run here for her shrewd yard where she can get off the mark in this discipline.