Gowran Park Horse Racing Tips – Wednesday, May 4
The action in Ireland on Wednesday centres around Gowran Park, which hosts an eight-race Flat card, which features not one, but two Listed contests. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.
Annerville (5.50, Irish Stallion Farms EBF Vintage Tipple Stakes)
The first of two Listed races on Gowran’s Wednesday card is a 1m6f fillies and mares contest. Last year’s winner Mighty Blue looks an interesting contender here for Joseph O’Brien, but preference instead goes to the less exposed ANNERVILLE.
Johnny Murtagh’s filly was a Leopardstown maiden winner around this time last year, and that form has been boosted with the four directly behind all subsequent winners.
Annerville has made the track just twice since, struggling in the Group 2 Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot but faring much better when runner-up behind the same owner’s Thunder Kiss in the Listed Noblesse Stakes at Cork last month.
She appears to hold a number of these reopposing rivals on that running, and it was the performance of a horse who would greatly benefit from stepping up to 1m6f. It seems unlikely that we have reached the ceiling of this 4yos ability just yet, and therefore she looks worth backing to beat a field that appears, on paper at least, to be a good deal more exposed.
Seisai (6.20, Irish Stallion Farms EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes)
The best bet across Gowran’s Wednesday card appears to come in their extended 1m1f Listed contest, where SEISAI takes to the track for Joseph O’Brien and owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.
This Gleneagles filly landed a 7f maiden here at Gowran last season before going on to claim Listed honours at Tipperary. Seisai’s best performance on RPRs, however, came when third in the Group 3 Weld Park at the Curragh back in September.
Although only seventh in Leopardstown’s 1000 Guineas Trial on seasonal reappearance last month, Seisai’s performance that day can be upgraded as she was caught in a pocket when starting to make her challenge. It’s probably best to put a line through that showing, and on more than one occasion as a 2yo she shaped as though a mile plus would suit, so expect improvement to come for this new trip.
Joseph O’Brien has his string in good form at present and that run can continue courtesy of Seisai at Gowran on Wednesday.
The Pargey Bee (7.20, Gowran Park Golf Club Apprentice Handicap)
Gowran’s 1m apprentice handicap appears to provide THE PARGEY BEE with a good opportunity to gain a deserved first success.
John McConnell’s charge comes into today’s race a seven-race maiden, but he has been backed on more than one occasion as though that was expected to be corrected, shaping well in defeat at Dundalk earlier this year.
Returned to the turf at this venue last month, The Pargey Bee put up an eye-catching performance to finish fourth, when never nearer than at the finish. He was beaten less than a length that day by Lamprog, whom he now meets on 11lb better terms, and that seems likely to see him reverse the form. That recent showing came over 7f, but going back up to a mile is almost certain to suit The Pargey Bee and he gets in here off the same mark of 59.
Siobhan Rutledge takes the ride on The Pargey Bee today, and although this gelding could have been drawn better, there’s still enough juice in his price to put him up as an advised play here.