Irish Horse Racing Tips – Saturday, January 1
Saturday’s Irish horse racing action comes from Tramore and Fairyhouse, with both tracks playing host to a pair of competitive meetings. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the cards which make up an 8,478/1 Lucky 15 that you can check out below.
Kingsgate (12.35 Tramore)
The Keith Casey Memorial Handicap Hurdle has attracted an interesting field, with KINGSGATE arguably mostly so on the back of his recent Clonmel third.
That run came on debut for the Kieran Purcell yard having cut little ice in three maiden hurdles earlier in the year, and the stable switch and turn to handicaps clearly brought about an improvement in form.
Ryan Treacy replaces claimer Aidan Kelly here, and the way Kingsgate stayed on for pressure at Clonmel suggests that the forecast testing ground should bring his proven stamina into play.
A full brother to the classy Full Cry, Kingsgate can be expected to make his mark in this sphere at some stage and he’s clearly kicked off his life in handicaps off a workable mark.
Mahons Glory (12.55 Fairyhouse)
Denis Hogan has been profitable to follow with his runners here at Fairyhouse in recent seasons and representing the yard MAHONS GLORY looks the one to back in the Keep Her Lit For Lar Handicap Hurdle.
This Fame And Glory gelding comes into the race an eight-race maiden but he has form to his name behind the likes of Echoes In Rain and Gentlemansgame which reads very well at this level.
He is entitled to strip fitter for a recent comeback at Cork and some of his form posted at the backend of the previous campaign, particularly when beaten just 4l at this venue, makes an opening hurdles rating of 106 look potentially lenient.
Key Commander (1.30 Fairyhouse)
Although on the face of it form figures of 85-P90 look unappealing, KEY COMMANDER is very well treated off a mark of 107 on his best form and is worth chancing in this Tote+ Pays You More At Tote.ie Handicap Hurdle.
A latest 13th at Thurles is nowhere near as poor as the result suggests, with Key Commander beaten only 17l by Priory Park, who has since gone in again.
That run came over a little further than 2m4f, but Key Commander’s best form has tended to come over staying trips like this, as shown by his impressive 3m1f Thurles chase win last season.
That victory came off a mark of 109, and Key Commander gets in here off 107, with claimer Aidan Kelly removing a further 7lb. Key Commander’s only previous run here at Punchestown resulted in an 11l win, and therefore he looks a chance at the prices.
Satin Sun (3.30 Tramore)
SATIN SUN can break her maiden tag at the 15th attempt when running in the 2m6f Tom Carroll Memorial Handicap Chase – the concluding race at Tramore on Saturday.
She was beaten just a half-length over hurdles at this meeting last season, and went on to finish a creditable third in a competitive Leopardstown handicap.
Satin Sun has been sent chasing recently, putting up the best of her three starts in this sphere when a close-up fourth at Gowran last time out. She is sent handicapping over fences for the first time today, and runs off a mark of just 99, which is 3lb below her hurdles rating of 102 and a pound lower than when a close second on this card last year.
With ground in her favour, and bang in-form Jack Foley in the saddle, she looks well worth backing here.