Irish horse racing best bets – Saturday tips for Fairyhouse and Cork

Fairyhouse hosts a fantastic card on Sunday, featuring three Grade 1 racesFairyhouse hosts a fantastic card on Sunday, featuring three Grade 1 races

Irish horse racing tips on Saturday 3 April

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend throws up two fixtures in Ireland over the sticks and on the flat for punters to enjoy and we’ve looked over the action to pick out our Saturday tips for Fairyhouse and Cork.

A busy day of horse racing goes to post in Ireland on Saturday as the Easter Bank Holiday weekend continues with action both over the sticks and over the jumps with a total of 16 races taking place across both racecards.

There is competitive handicap action over jumps at Fairyhouse as well as a Listed chase and bumper for punters to take in; while on the flat at Cork the Listed Noblesse Stakes takes centre stage.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards in Ireland where we pick out our Saturday tips for Fairyhouse and Cork.


2:35 Cork – Sean Barrett Bloodstock Stakes (Listed) (3yo+) 6f

LUSTOWN BABA rarely runs a bad race and the Alhebayeb filly certainly knows how to win races having won twice during her debut season and continuing her progression last term where she only finished out of the frame once in her five starts which include a brace of wins to end the season, the latter coming in a Listed contest at the Curragh.

He had Could Be King beaten just over two lengths on that occasion, catching the eye with the way he travelled through the race despite missing the break and he won a shade comfortably in the end from a field that included the smart Make A Challenge back in fourth.

The third from that race has won since to give the form a boost and he should get this race run to suit with no shortage of pace across the track; while his run on debut last term is a slight cause for worry and Bill McCreery’s charge may not be at his best first time up.

But he certainly has the ability and form to make his presence felt and he could be worth chancing on his reappearance to come out on top.

2:55 Fairyhouse – McCauley Pharmacy Ladies National Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m½f

YOUNG DEV could be worth chancing back over the larger obstacles and the Fracas gelding can go well in this competitive handicap contest.

Denis Hogan’s charge has had relatively few starts over fences but he has won twice from the seven outings he’s made over the larger obstacles with the latest coming at Navan in February where he ran out a narrow winner over Se Mo Laoch in arguably the best ride of the season thus far.

Jockey Hugh Morgan lost his irons early but kept the partnership intact and competitive to come through at the final obstacle and keep on well for the win. That form is fair with the fourth winning since and he can be forgiven his last outing over hurdles where the trip was probably too sharp.

Back over the larger obstacles and returning to three miles he has a 7lbs rise in the weights to contend with; but there could be more to come over fences after just seven starts in this discipline and Jody Townend takes the ride on this occasion so a big run could be on the cards.

Saturday tips for Fairyhouse and Cork. Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners at Fairyhouse.

Saturday tips for Fairyhouse and Cork. Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners at Fairyhouse.

3:30 Fairyhouse – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B) (5yo+) 3m

Lightly-raced CAPODANNO could be worth chancing stepping up to three miles for the first time and Willie Mullins’ Manduro gelding can get back to winning ways.

A fair sort in France previously he has had just three starts for the County Carlow trainer, making the frame at Clonmel before opening his account at the same venue in January and he ran better than his finishing third when upped in trip at Thurles last time might otherwise suggest where he was beaten eight lengths having met trouble in running.

The winner did little harm to the form next time when finishing third to the promising Gars De Sceaux and the selection gave the impression he might be suited by a stiffer test of stamina so it is perhaps no surprise that Mullins steps the Manduro gelding up in trip again.

There could be better to come from him still over hurdles after just three starts for this yard and he can get back to winning ways.

3:45 Cork – Cork Racecourse Handicap (3yo) 5f

COLFER KEY proved consistent and progressive last term, stepping up on a debut fifth to make the frame on all subsequent starts at five and six furlongs and the Pride Of Dubai filly rounded off last term with a brace of victories at Navan and Naas respectively.

Ken Condon’s charge didn’t win either by far, beating Mickey The Steel by a half-length and head in those outings and she proved hr liking for a soft surface so these conditions will offer no issues.

Both those wins did come over further than this five furlongs, with her Navan win over an extended five and her Naas victory over six furlongs; but she’s shown enough zip to think she’ll cope with the sharper test in a race where there’s plenty of pace on.

She returns 3lbs higher in the weights than when last successful, but there’s reason to think there’s better to come from her and she can go close if fully wound up ahead of her return to action.