Friday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Limerick and Kilbeggan
Friday’s Irish horse racing action takes in two meetings to supplement the UK action. We look over the day’s scheduled racing to give our Friday Irish racing tips for the cards at Limerick and Kilbeggan.
While the Doncaster St Leger Festival continues to spearhead the UK horse racing action there are two fixtures taking place in Ireland on Friday with an afternoon fixture on the flat at Limerick, while over the sticks in the evening there is a twilight card taking place at Kilbeggan.
We continue in good form with our Irish racing selections and we’ve looked over both of the day’s card in Ireland to give our Friday Irish racing tips for Limerick and Kilbeggan.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT LIMERICK AND KILBEGGAN
1:15 Limerick – King John’s Castle Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 6½f
HELL LEFT LOOSE has won two of his last three outings, latterly scoring at Navan six days ago and if none the worse for those exertions then Denis Hogan’s charge can follow up here.
Also a winner at Naas in August the Hellvelyn gelding ran out a comfortable winner last time with a two lengths’ defeat of Bluepower and won’t mind these softer conditions as he goes back up in trip.
His Naas success came at this distance and while an 8lbs rise in the weights will demand more, he’s clearly in rude health and present and he can continue in good form if this outing doesn’t come too soon.
2:15 Limerick – Garryowen Fillies & Mares Maiden (3yo+) 6½f
PIRATE LASS had been running consistently, often making the frame in her starts prior to a lesser effort at Tipperary last month; however, the Born To Sea filly can bounce back from that effort to do better here.
Robert Brabazon’s lightly-raced sort had finished third twice and runner-up in her three previous outings following her return from lockdown, twice finishing less than one length adrift of the winner. It is possible she might have gone off too hard last time although it was her third start in a month and she might just have needed a break.
Freshened up since she could be worth chancing to do better here in what looks a relatively ordinary race and she can make her presence felt.
3:40 Kilbeggan – Kilbeggan (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f
DEPLOYED wouldn’t need to be anything out of the ordinary to take a hand in the finish of what looks an ordinary maiden contest and the Mahler gelding can give a good account on his hurdles debut.
Noel Meade’s charge showed some fair form in bumpers, finishing fourth behind the high-class Abacadabras on his first start for the Meade yard following his switch out of the point-to-point sphere. He then finished third at Fairyhouse behind Thunder Down Under and possibly just found the heavy ground too much when last sighted at Navan in February where he finished fifth.
The second and third horses home in that contest have both won since and he could go well on his first attempt over obstacles where this longer trip ought to suit.
5:20 Kilbeggan – Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 3m1f
METAL MAN has shown some useful form over timber, getting off the mark in March when beating Annie Pender at Navan and Gordon Elliott’s charge has run well since back over hurdles following lockdown and a couple of spins on the flat.
The Australia gelding found only one too strong latest over three miles at Bellewstown last month, beaten four lengths behind Ballycastle Girl where he wasn’t helped by making a couple of late mistakes. He was clear of the third however and that one has since run well in defeat so the form looks fair.
Only 2lbs higher here there may yet be more to come with this extra furlong a possible source of improvement and back in novice company he can get back to winning ways with a repeat of that last effort.