Irish horse racing tips on Monday – Best bets for Gowran Park and Kilbeggan
Irish horse racing best bets and tips for Park and Kilbeggan
A new week of Irish horse racing action kicks off on Monday with two meetings going to post on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve looked over both cards to pick out our best bets for Gowran Park and Kilbeggan.
Fans of Irish horse racing have two meetings to get stuck into on Monday with action both on the flat and over the sticks where 16 races will head to post across both of the cards and the day’s duo gives a good opportunity for punters to find a few winners ahead of Royal Ascot.
The afternoon flat racing action in Ireland on Monday comes from Gowran Park, while Kilbeggan hosts jumps racing in the evening; we’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures in Ireland to pick out our best bets for Gowran Park and Kilbeggan.
IRISH HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS FOR GOWRAN PARK AND KILBEGGAN
2:55 Gowran Park – Goresbridge Handicap (Div II) (3yo 45-65) 7f
SUPREME MACHINE is still a maiden after five starts, but first-time blinkers delivered a jolt of improvement when the Mehmas filly turned out at Listowel earlier in the month.
Sheila Lavery’s charge was beaten just over two lengths on that occasion, slow to get away from the stalls but running on well late and while no match for the winner she was clear of the third horse.
The handicapper saw enough in that performance to hike her up 5lbs which will demand more but she represents a yard in good form and she may be capable of better tackling quicker ground now so she’s not one to give up on just yet in a relatively weak affair.
4:00 Gowran Park – Thomastown Maiden (Div II) (3yo+) 1m1½f
OFFIAH has shown some ability in his four starts to date, most recently finishing less than one length second behind Exuma at Limerick two days ago and turned out quickly Ger Lyons’ charge can get off the mark.
The New Bay gelding made most of the running there, keeping on well but proving no match from the winner and it could be that this longer trip will prove more suitable.
Assuming this run doesn’t come too soon for his in-form yard and while Colin Keane deserts him in favour of a Dermot Weld-trained runner he should nevertheless make his presence felt here and he can go close.
5:00 Gowran Park – GowranPark.ie Handicap (3yo+ 60-90) 1m1½f
AURORA PRINCESS arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins and Jessica Harrington’s charge can oblige punters with a third straight victory.
The The Gurkha filly has upped her game since being fitted with blinkers, scoring at Leopardstown and here respectively, latterly running out a two lengths’ winner from Figlo D’arte over this trip when racing under a penalty.
She’s been raised 8lbs since that latest win although Nathan Crosse’s allowance will help and assuming this third run in a fortnight doesn’t catch her out then she ought to be competitive again and no surprise to see her going close.
5:10 Kilbeggan – Forever Equestrian Clothing & Tack Store Novice Hurdle (5yo+) 3m1f
METICULOUS got off the mark over hurdles when scoring over three miles at Cork last month and the Fame And Glory gelding can follow up here.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge had shown some ability over timber previously over shorter trips, but he boasts some very smart bumper form from a couple of seasons ago behind Envoi Allen – including at the Cheltenham Festival – and there’s likely more to come from him over timber.
A mark of 131 back in a handicap following that win could prove workable and with Hugh Morgan taking 5lbs off he looks set for another big run with the extra furlong here unlikely to prove much of an issue.
6:40 Kilbeggan – Paul & Carmel Fay Memorial Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
GOULANE CHOSEN comes into this race having won two of his last three starts, scoring at Cork in April over fences and then when reverted to hurdles at Tramore latest with a defeat of Jazz Ranger; the Well Chosen gelding can follow up here despite the handicapper hitting him hard for that latest win.
The veteran has spent most of his career over fences, but there still mileage left in the old legs as he showed when scoring readily latest and despite his higher mark he’s still very well treated on his chase form.
He’s been raised 12lbs for that last run but given how easily he sauntered clear last time he can make another bold bid here and ought to go close again.