Irish Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets on the Thursday Cards
Irish Horse Racing Tips – Thursday, July 14
The main action in Ireland on Wednesday comes from Leopardstown, which hosts a seven-race Flat card, as well as a supporting card from Killarney, which hosts eight races over Jumps. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.
Craft Irish (6.15 Leopardstown) 10/3
The best bet on Leopardstown’s Thursday card comes in the Imelda May Live After Racing Apprentice Handicap, where CRAFT IRISH is back in action.
This daughter of Adaay was a Dundalk maiden winner earlier this season and caught the eye when fourth at Limerick on penultimate run, travelling very wide into the home straight and staying on into pressure for a never nearer fourth.
She built on that promise to score, reverted to more prominent tactics, at Sligo just over three weeks ago, Jake Coen giving the filly a fine ride to hold off Jessica Harrington’s in-form Lopes Gold.
Craft Irish has been pushed up 5lb for that showing, but she should benefit from stepping back up to this 7f trip and her apprentice rider retains the partnership. She looks far less exposed than most of these runners and whilst she had looked a little quirky in the past is now beginning to fulfill her obvious potential.
Recommended BetCRAFT IRISH (6:15pm Leopardstown) 10/3 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Boundless Ocean (7.20 Leopardstown) 9/2
Aidan O’Brien took the Green Room Meld Stakes with Japan 12 months ago, but Jim Bolger had landed four of the eight previous renewals and can claim this Group 3 once again, this time with the 3yo BOUNDLESS OCEAN.
Although on the face of it this lad is becoming a little frustrating having only claimed a 1m2f course maiden in nine starts, he has been set some very tough tests in the likes of the 2000 Guineas and Irish Derby and has caught the eye in both starts in between.
Boundless Ocean endured a nightmare run in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh in May and then raced too freely in the four-runner King George V Cup here when second to the in-form Cairde Go Deo.
Although bred to stay he’s consistently shaping like a horse who’s going to benefit from this drop back in trip, and those Group 1 engagements suggest that he’s a horse that shows his connections plenty at home.
Leopardstown obviously suits him well and on official ratings, he comes out joint-best with the less experienced Trevaunance, who is shorter in the betting.
Recommended BetBOUNDLESS OCEAN (7:20pm Leopardstown) 9/2 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Zoffanien (7.30 Killarney) 12/1
Killarney’s eight-race Jumps meeting features a number of competitive races but the best bet across the card comes in the Oyster Tavern Handicap Hurdle, where ZOFFANIEN is taken to bounce back to form for trainer/rider Denis Hogan.
It’s easy to forget that this lad was fourth in the Grade 1 Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival last year, where only just over 4l off the leaders.
Although he’s failed to kick on since then, a spell chasing didn’t go to plan and he went into the notebook after a Wexford seventh when last seen in May.
Zoffanien had settled nicely at the back of the field there before his rider decided to circle the entire group and push him to the front of the pack 4f from home, a strange decision given this gelding tends to come with just one run.
That early expended energy took its toll late but Zoffanien wasn’t given an overly hard time once his chance had gone and he’s now tumbled to a mark of 126, 6lb below his last winning rating. If he can be held on for longer here and delivered late, he can pick up this prize.