Irish horse racing tips – Best bets at Cork on Saturday 2 January

Irish horse racing tips. Best bets at Cork on Saturday.Irish horse racing tips. Best bets at Cork on Saturday.

Irish racing best bets on Saturday 2 January

We’ve picked out our Irish horse racing tips and best bets for Saturday’s fixture at Cork.

There is just one Irish horse racing fixture going to post on Saturday and a seven-race jumps racing card awaits punters at Cork, getting underway at 12.30pm.

The meeting brings the day’s total to five, adding to the quartet of fixtures across the UK – assuming off course it passes its’ morning inspection.

In the hope that the meeting goes ahead we’ve looked over the day’s seven-race card to pick out our Irish horse racing tips and best bets for Saturday.


1:03 Cork – Maiden Hurdle (4-5yo) 2m

CURIOUS BRIDE found only Autumn Evening too strong over course and distance last month on her hurdles debut and the Excelebration filly can go one better this time with that experience under her belt.

Noel Meade’s charge won here on the flat in September and there was plenty to like about her runner-up effort on her first try over obstacles where the front two pulled clear and the winner looked a useful prospect.

Open to improvement she gets weight from all but two of these rivals and she can build on her debut effort to go one better here.

1:38 Cork – Happy New Year From All At Cork Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 3m

MERCURY LANE twice made the frame in bumpers having joined this yard from the point to point ranks and Paul Nolan’s charge shaped with promise when tackling hurdles for the first time at Tramore last month where he was beaten three lengths into second behind Ennemi Public.

The Stowaway gelding is open to plenty of progress on the back of that experience where this step up in trip could unlock further potential and it would be no surprise to see him going well here where he can get off the mark.

Irish horse racing tips. Noel Meade can saddle a winner at Cork on Saturday.

2:13 Cork – GAIN Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

Willie Mullins saddles two in this contest and BON RETOUR is the choice of Paul Towend who sides with the Fame And Glory mare over the yard’s other runner and the decision could prove significant.

Fair in France prior to joining this yard she got off the mark at Galway last July when beating Pilbara although she’s gone the wrong way since and has failed to live up to that initial promise.

Her last run saw her finish seventh behind Flooring Porter At Navan in December when sporting a hood for the first time although that headgear has now been replaced by a tongue-tie for this outing. The form of that last run has been boosted and she drops back to a more suitable trip and easier level for her in-form yard.

Her two best runs have come around this yardage, while she handles the conditions and if the change of headgear works then she can go close here.

3:23 Cork – GAIN Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m4f

GRAND PARTNER has been in good fettle in his last few starts over obstacles, winning a chase at Leopardstown in March and then following a stint on the flat on the back of seven months off returning to obstacles to strike over hurdles at Punchestown.

Thomas Mullins’ charge latterly returned to chasing on Boxing Day where he was beaten two lengths in a Leopardstown contest behind Uisce Beatha and in his current vein of form could be worth sticking with to get back on the scoresheet.

Perhaps a shade fortunate to finish as close as he did given two rivals crashed out at the last and a 3lbs rise may prove workable so another big run could be in the offing.