Irish racing best bets 12 July – Top tops for Cork and Dundalk

We give our Irish racing best bets for the day’s fixtures at Dundalk and Cork on another exciting afternoon of horse racing action.

While three meetings go to post in the UK, there is also two fixtures taking place in Ireland on the flat and the all-weather.

Cork’s fixture on Sunday includes Group Three and Listed action; while some competitive handicap action will unfold on the all-weather polytrack at Dundalk along with the Group Three Ballysax Stakes.

We’ve taken a look over both of the day’s meeting and pick out our Irish racing best bets at both of the day’s racemeetings.


3:40 Cork – Coolmore Caravaggio Tipperary Stakes (Listed Race) (2yo) 5f RTV

DICKIEDOODA made a decent first impression when scoring at the Curragh on debut in June, beating the reopposing Grammata by just over one length with that rival having had the benefit of a previous run.

Jessica Harrington’s Starspangledbanner filly then headed to Royal Ascot and the Queen Mary Stakes where she ran respectably in finishing tenth and beaten around seven lengths by Campanelle. She can’t be judged too harshly on that run and she could be worth siding with dropping into Listed company and a smaller field scenario than that Royal Ascot cavalry charge.

Grammata finished ahead of the selection in that Ascot run but the Harrington runner might not have been seen to best effect and can do better so is given another chance to confirm the promise of her debut win.

Trainer Jessica Harrington features in our Irish racing best bets for Sunday with two runners at Cork.

5:15 Cork – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Habitat” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (4yo+) 1m

TURBINE looks well handicapped still on his old form despite making a winning return to action at Leopardstown two weeks ago and Denis Hogan’s charge is taken to follow up.

The Cape Cross gelding was returning from more than a year off the track when beating Equitant by a half-length, digging deep to hold off the winner and he could build on that reappearance where he’ll prove a lot sharper now.

The third, fourth and sixth horses from that race have all won since and while the runner-up reopposes on 3lbs better terms there is a suspicion Denis Hogan’s charge can defy his new mark having won and placed from marks higher than this in his earlier career.

If building on that promising return to action then he can confirm the form with the runner-up and third from that outing and no surprise if he were to go in again.

5:30 Dundalk – Woodford Reserve Ballysax Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 1m2½f

Monarch Of Egypt could prove a class apart but his odds are certainly cramped and he might be worth taking on with the improving SIAMESE who took another step forward when finding only one too good in a Curragh handicap last month.

The Kitten’s Joy filly represents a yard in very good form and she landed her only career success to date at this venue last September. She might have needed her return at the Curragh, but improved to go down only by a head on her next outing behind Music To My Ears.

She shapes as if this even stiffer test will suit and there could be better still to come from her. Still unexposed, she is worth chancing at this higher level for her shrewd yard and further progress could see her upset the likely short-priced favourite who should find this easier than the Jersey Stakes she contested last time.

This demands a shade more, but she appears one that is going the right way and she is taken to find the requisite progress needed to make her presence felt.

5:45 Cork – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (3yo+) 7f

It might be worth forgiving VALERIA MESSALINA her reappearance run in the Irish 1000 Guineas where the Holy Roman Emperor filly perhaps went off too hard and burned herself out. She beat only two home, but there could be more to come from Jessica Harrington’s charge with that run under her belt.

A Naas winner on her debut, she was then tried in a Group Three on her next outing at Newmarket, beaten only a neck by Rose Of Kildare in the Oh So Sharp Stakes. She ought to come on for her recent Classic reappearance and back in a Group Three for this latest outing she can do better and it is certainly too early to be writing her off on the back of that last run.

She can improve for the reappearance and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see her posting a better effort in an open-looking race.