Irish jumps racing tips – Friday best bets at Cork and Kilbeggan
Irish racing tips on Friday
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Friday over the sticks and we’ve picked out our Friday Irish jumps racing tips and best bets for both meetings.
The day’s horse racing in Ireland sees two fixtures heading to post across the Emerald Isle with both meetings taking place over the sticks in the evening.
Cork stages a seven-race card on Friday while Kilbeggan boast eight races on their fixture and we’ve looked over both of the day’s meetings to pick out our Friday Irish jumps racing tips and best bets.
IRISH JUMPS RACING TIPS – FRIDAY BEST BETS AT CORK & KILBEGGAN
4:50 Cork – CorkRacecourse.ie Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m
RISK FACTOR has been a bit hit or miss over hurdles where his jumping has been untidy on occasion, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge could get off the mark in this sphere dropping back to the minimum trip.
A Leopardstown bumper winner back in December 2019 before running a close second to Appreciate It in a Grade Two, things haven’t gone to plan for the Duke Of Marmalade gelding since being switched to obstacles and he’s twice failed to complete from five starts.
He has finished third twice also though, latterly at Wexford over three miles but he’s fully versatile and will have no issue returning to this much shorter distance where he could go close if building on his latest four lengths’ third to Quaker Island.
He’s since had a spin on the flat and if putting his best foot forward here he could prove a tough nut to crack.
5:20 Cork – Mallow Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m
TISADREAM is going the right way over hurdles, building on some fair form which includes finishing fifth to Ferny Hollow to get off the mark at the latest attempt at Tramore last month where she ran out a four lengths’ victor over Secret Secret.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge won readily that day despite making a couple of jumping errors late on and there could be more to come from the Dubai Destination mare who steps into handicap company now from a potentially workable rating .
Her top yard is going well at present and the presence of a good 3lbs claimer in the saddle adds further strength to her winning chances here so she looks worth chancing in a competitive contest to find more improvement and no surprise to see her in the mix again.
5:35 Kilbeggan – Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f
GLEN ROBIN has shown improved form since stepping up in trip, winning at Limerick in May and going close at Punchestown latest under a penalty four days later where the Robin Des Pres gelding was beaten only one length by Henry Sellers.
Paul Nolan’s charge lost nothing in defeat that day and the fourth horse home has since given the form a boost with a subsequent win.
He’s been given more of a break between runs and there might be better to come from him given that he’s still unexposed over this longer trip. A 4lbs rise in the weights will demand more from him, but Bryan Cooper is back in the plate having guided him to that breakthrough win and the pair can combine again for another victory here.
7:05 Kilbeggan – KilbegganRaces.com Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m1f
THE CADDY ROSE has been campaigning over fences of late where the Presenting mare has shown some useful form and the dual-chase winner was last seen finishing third at Kilbeggan behind Definite Soldier, beaten just one length.
Noel Meade’s charge can also call upon some useful hurdles and bumper form from earlier in her career and she makes a return to the smaller obstacles here where she can compete from a much lower mark than over fences back at a venue where she’s won and run well in the past.
Her last start over hurdles came at Bellewstown last August where she ran quite well in a race that has thrown up a few winners since and she can compete here from a 13lbs lower hurdles rating than over fences so if she were to run up to her chase mark she’d take plenty of beating in a race that looks very winnable.
7:35 Kilbeggan – AXA Smart Farm Insurance Midlands National Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m1f
UISCE BEATHA has won twice from five starts since joining Padraig Roche, scoring at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse latterly back in April when getting the better of Lord Lariat by a neck.
The Yeats gelding has been given a break since his latest third of 15 behind Shady Operator at Killarney in May in their National contest, beaten around 15 lengths but running better than the bare result where he was giving the winner 7lbs.
He’s better off at the weights with that rival now and it is interesting that cheekpieces are reapplied having been missing in his recent starts. He’ll need to be at the top of his game in what looks a competitive contest but he’s not one to write off in these handicap contests and he could post a big run under Simon Torrens.