Friday Irish Racing Tips – Best Bets At Killarney & Kilbeggan
Irish Racing tips for Friday, 20th August
Irish racing on Friday comes from Kilbeggan and Killarney, with the latter hosting the second day of its festival.
Irish racing fans are treated to a total of sixteen races across the two meetings, including a Grade B Handicap Hurdle at Killarney which is worth over €20,000 to the winner.
Our expert has delved through the cards at both meetings picking out his best bets – check out their thoughts below.
6:30 Killarney – Muckross Handicap Chase (2m7f)
BACK ON THE BRIDLE hasn’t cut much ice in her career to date, but this represents one of her weaker assignments and rider Shane Fenelon has got a tune out of the mare in the past.
She is yet to race beyond 2m4f under rules, but has often shaped as though a stiffer test such as this would suit, and on her smart pedigree (half-sister to the smart Fiddlerontheroof) she is bred to participate in stronger races than this.
With her yard in good form, she looks attractively priced at odds of 20/1.
7:00 Killarney – Kelly Foley O’Connor Pyne Handicap Chase (2m4f)
STEALTHY TOM came good at the ninth attempt under rules when scoring over hurdles at Wexford in May. He subsequently ran well in defeat off an eight-pound higher mark at Roscommon last month.
Enda Bolger’s charge is lightly raced over the larger obstacles and finds himself eleven pounds below his hurdles rating.
With 2m4f looking well within reach and Simon Torrens booked to do the steering he should prove tough to beat.
7:45 Kilbeggan – Kilbeggan Handicap Chase (3m1f)
GOLDEN SPREAD beat stablemate Mt Leinster (runs in Saturday’s Ebor) in a bumper earlier in his career. He got off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles when landing a maiden at Navan last March, comfortably accounting for rivals now rated in the 120s.
He lost his way afterwards, but shaped as though a return to form may be imminent when fourth in a strong beginners chase at the Galway Festival last time out.
Stepping up to this distance looks a likely plus on the back of that, and a rating of 118 may well underestimate him – particularly if back to anywhere near the level of that aforementioned bumper form.