Irish Horse Racing Tips – Wednesday, August 3
The action in Ireland on Wednesday comes from Sligo, which hosts a seven-race Flat card. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.
The Rebel Breen (6.00 Sligo) 15/2
Noel Meade’s THE REBEL BREEN does need a little luck to get a run on Wednesday, being the first reserve for the Sligo Champion Handicap, but should he get in he’d hold obvious claims.
This son of Bated Breath caught the eye when fourth in a Dundalk maiden last month, and that form’s received a boost from the second since who went close off a mark of 72 on handicap debut.
The Rebel Breen was well found in the market for his respective handicap debut at Down Royal twelve days ago, yet never really looked like justifying the odds, fading into seventh late on.
That 1m5f trip might just have stretched his stamina, so going back to 1m2f looks a wise decision, whilst this also rates a weaker race than the one he contested. Colin Keane’s been provisionally booked to ride once again, whilst blinkers now go on, which may suggest that The Rebel Breen is going to be ridden more positively back at this trip.
Dark Vega (6.30 Sligo) 11/2
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Connacht Oaks Fillies Handicap is the feature race at Sligo on Wednesday, and the contest appears to provide DARK VEGA with a good chance to get her head back in front.
Jessica Harrington’s filly ran out a 22/1 winner of a Curragh maiden on debut last October, and that form’s worked out well since with the second now officially rated 110 and the fourth 94.
Dark Vega hasn’t really kicked on as was probably hoped in three starts this year, but she put up her best performance when third at Roscommon last time, that form receiving a boost when the fourth took a handicap at Galway over the weekend.
Jessica Harrington knows what it takes to land this, having sent out the impressive 2018 winner Echo Park, and on that smart maiden form from last season, there are clearly races to be won with Dark Vega from a mark in the mid-80s.
Gracesolution (8.30 Sligo) 4/1
Sligo’s concluding Rockshore Cider Handicap has attracted a good field given it’s a 47-65 limited handicap, yet the one runner that immediately catches the eye is the hat-trick seeking GRACESOLUTION.
Ross O’Sullivan’s mare has really come good of late, building on a 1m2f course win (when hanging right throughout) when coming with a strong run to land a Killarney handicap last month.
The second there, Barometer, meets Gracesolution on significantly better terms here, but the mare looked well on top at the line and it’s notable that the third, Darkened, came out to win a handicap hurdle at Galway on his next start.
Jake Coen, aboard for both of Gracesolution’s wins, keeps the partnership intact today, and there’s a distinct possibility that we’re going to see improvement now that she is stepped up to 1m5f, having hit the line powerfully over shorter trips the last twice.