Irish Horse Racing Tips – Tuesday, February 22
Racing fans enjoy a mid-week treat on Tuesday, February 22nd as Navan hosts a competitive eight-race card salvaged from Sunday, with the track playing host to a meeting that features the Grade 2 BetVictor Boyne Hurdle. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the cards which you can check out below.
Brampton Belle (1.45 Navan)
Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore took the inaugural renewal of this BetVictor Apple’s Jade Mares Novice Hurdle with Atlantic Fairy last year, and BRAMPTON BELLE can emulate her stablemate with victory in this Listed contest.
The 6yo ran out a 16/1 winner of a maiden hurdle at Tramore in December, and that form has been franked since with the runner-up subsequently going in by 14l at Limerick and the third occupying the same finishing position in a Grade 2.
Brampton Belle disappointed upped in grade against the boys last time, yet the heavy ground over 3m appeared to find her out stamina-wise and dropping back to this intermediate distance looks a good move on that evidence.
Hot favourite Lunar Display aims to build on her third in this race last year yet she has had far more opportunities than the selection and is beginning to look a little difficult to place.
Farouk D’alene (4.05 Navan)
Gordon Elliott has three runners in this renewal of the BetVictor Ten Up Novice Chase, with FAROUK D’ALENE rating the strongest of the trio, and he looks the best bet on Navan’s card.
This 7yo was a winner in this grade over hurdles last season yet was always expected to make up into a better chaser and that has been supported by his three performances over the larger obstacles.
A course win on seasonal/chase debut back in December has worked out well since, and Farouk D’alene has gone on to finish placed behind the likes of Master McShee and Stattler in Graded novice chases.
Heavy ground and a trip look important to this son of Racinger, and with both firmly in his favour on Tuesday, he rates a strong play.
All Class (4.40 Navan)
Ronan McNally has shown his horses can take some stopping when in winning form, and his ALL CLASS falls into this category having gained victories over fences and hurdles for the connections the last twice.
Although 12lb higher than when going in over the smaller obstacles here last time, All Class had defied a 10lb weights hike that day and she looks open to greater improvement over fences, having had just the four starts in this discipline up to now.
Denis O’Regan looks a positive booking for this 7yo and she can put the advantage of being one of just two course winners in the field to good use by landing this valuable prize.