Irish Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets On Monday, December 27
Irish Horse Racing Tips – Monday, December 27
Monday’s Irish horse racing action comes from Leopardstown and Limerick, with both tracks playing host to a pair of fascinating meetings. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the cards which you can check out below.
Three Stripe Life (1.45 Leopardstown)
Gordon Elliott took this prize with Abracadabras back in 2019 and he will be hoping that THREE STRIPE LIFE can emulate his stablemate here.
This son of Leading Light finished fourth in what looked a well above average Cheltenham Champion Bumper last season and that was despite coming into the race with significantly less experience than his rivals.
He made light work of a modest field at Fairyhouse on last month’s hurdles debut, and should have learnt plenty for that initial experience. This represents a clear step up in class but Three Stripe Life remains unexposed compared to the majority of this field (particularly in this discipline), and the presence of Davy Russell in the saddle suggests that he is the stable first string.
Eric Bloodaxe (2.05 Limerick)
An exceptional bumper performer, whose career includes a victory over the top-class Ferny Hollow, ERIC BLOODAXE has had his issues down the years but those appear to be resolved now, and he could hardly have been more impressive when blitzing his rivals in a Navan maiden hurdle last month.
He finished second to the smart Ginto upped to Grade 2 level last time, and the horse that finished directly behind Eric Bloodaxe that day, Mr Fred Rogers, has since franked the form.
That Grade 2 run suggested that further was now needed for Eric Bloodaxe, so stepping up to 2m7f looks a notable plus, and being by the legendary French sire Saint Des Saints these heavy ground conditions hold absolutely no fears.
A Wave Of The Sea (2.55 Leopardstown)
Joseph O’Brien’s A WAVE OF THE SEA has tended to save his best form almost exclusively for here at Leopardstown, having his day in the sun when landing the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle here at the 2020 Dublin Racing Festival.
He has since gone on to land two chases, the most recent of those victories coming in a Grade B handicap chase here in February, where he had the smart The Shunter held in third.
A Wave Of The Sea has failed to add to that in six subsequent starts but he posted a career-best RPR in defeat in the Munster National last time out, when chasing home subsequent Ladbrokes Trophy fourth On The Ropes.
That run seemed to confirm he had the stamina reserves to be competitive over this 3m trip, and although a 4lb rise clearly demands more he should prove a big player back at his favourite track with regular pilot Simon Torrens retaining the partnership.