Irish Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets On Sunday, December 5
Irish Horse Racing Tips – Sunday, December 5
Sunday’s Irish horse racing action comes from Cork and Punchestown, with both tracks playing host to a pair of top-class meetings. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the cards which you can check out below.
Fakir D’oudairies (2.00 Punchestown)
A competitive renewal of the John Durkan is in prospect at Punchestown, yet at the prices, FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES rates as the strongest bet across the two Irish cards on Sunday.
This JP McManus owned 6yo ran out a wide-margin winner of the Melling Chase at Aintree in April, and on the figures at least, he matched that run when landing the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase on last month’s seasonal reappearance.
That performance seemed to confirm that this intermediate distance suits him best and as a 6yo he still remains open to improvement. Fakir D’oudairies holds a rating of 167 which is bettered only by Allaho, who traditionally tends to come on for his first start of the season, for this reason Joseph O’Brien’s charge is backed to reverse their Ryanair running and land the spoils here.
Mahlers Dollar (2.50 Cork)
Terence O’Brien’s MAHLERS DOLLAR can land this 2m handicap hurdle. He occupied third at Clonmel in January where far from disgraced behind the 147-rated Capodanno and the 129-rated Dunboyne.
Mahlers Dollar justified favouritism in a maiden hurdle back at that venue last month, and he now starts life in handicaps off a mark of just 116, which on more than one piece of form looks well within reach.
Jockey Shane Fitzgerald removes a further 5lb here and any further rainfall to hit Cork before the race will work to this geldings favour.
Ragnar Lodbrok (3.05 Punchestown)
A fascinating handicap chase in prospect here, which is backed to go the way of Gordon Elliott’s RAGNAR LODBROK.
This son of Fame And Glory had some smart bumper form to his name earlier in his career behind the likes of Appreciate It, but being out of an Irish point-to-pointer this discipline was always likely to be where he future lay.
Ragnar Lodbrok has cut little ice in beginners chases the last thrice, but he looks a surefire improver stepped up to this trip for his handicap chase debut, with this opening mark of 119 9lb below his hurdles rating.
If first-time blinkers manage to eke out even minor improvement from this 6yo today he looks sure to be bang there at the business end, with the bang in-form Davy Russell booked in the saddle for the first time.