Irish racing best bets – Friday tips at Clonmel and Fairyhouse

Friday Irish racing best bets at Clonmel and Fairyhouse

With two meetings heading to post in Ireland we’ve picked out our Friday tips at Clonmel and Fairyhouse.

Another pair of Irish horse racing fixtures heads to post on Friday over the sticks and on the flat and 16 races will unfold across both of the day’s meetings which sees jumps racing at Clonmel and action on the flat at Fairyhouse.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out our Friday tips at Clonmel and Fairyhouse and best bets at each meeting.


3:00 Clonmel – Orchard Thieves Crafty Pursuit (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 3m

Lightly-raced INVICTION has shown some ability over hurdles, twice finishing in the frame in recent starts and the Sholokhov gelding can get off the mark here.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge posted his best effort yet when fitted with cheekpieces for the first time and stepping up to this trip, finishing third behind Lessofdnegativity at Tipperary last month and there could be more to come from him over this longer trip.

He wasn’t helped by some sloppy jumping in that last outing, blundering four out and then making another mistake over the last when held; but he kept on for the bronze medal and he could overturn the form with that rival who fell when next seen and has to bounce back.

Thoroughly unexposed as a staying hurdler he can give another good account here and he can get in the shakeup.

3:35 Clonmel – Camida Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m7f

NOT AVAILABLE showed ability in a trio of hurdles starts either side of a break, twice making the frame before getting off the mark at Kilbeggan in April with a defeat of Buck’s Billionaire and Henry De Bromhead’s charge subsequently went well in defeat on his recent chase debut at Limerick last month.

The Milan gelding proved no match for the easy winner, not always jumping fluently but he’ll have learned from that experience and is surely capable of better in this sphere where he can improve.

He’s one of two in the race for the top trainer who continues in form and Mikey O’Connor takes off a handy 7lbs for this assignment which tips the verdict in his favour and a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise with further progress anticipated over fences.

Friday tips at Clonmel and Fairyhouse. Henry De Bromhead can get amongst the winners.

Friday tips at Clonmel and Fairyhouse. Henry De Bromhead can get amongst the winners.

4:10 Clonmel – Orchard Thieves Apple Attack Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m½f

ARVICO BLEU hasn’t won for a while, but he’s kept some decent company over the larger obstacles and was just touched off by a short-head latest at Ballinrobe last month behind Gold Des Bois.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge has plenty of experience of chasing but yet to win over the larger obstacles with his last success coming over hurdles at this venue back in September 2017.

However he might be able to go one better here under his good claiming rider who can take 7lbs off and he can finally get off the mark in this discipline with a repeat of that latest run for his in-form yard.

4:55 Fairyhouse – Follow Fairyhouse On Instagram Handicap (3yo+) 6f

INDEPENDANT MISSY got back on the scoresheet when successful at Navan back in April and it might be worth chancing the Dandy Man mare to follow up here.

Tom Collins’ charge had shown patchy form in previous runs but appeared to score with something up her sleeve in that victory and a 2lbs rise is workable having placed off higher marks in the past last term.

She’s also a former course and distance winner and if she can replicate her form from last time then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix again.

7:05 Fairyhouse – La Bucca Restaurants Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m4f

ELLAAT was a winner for Denis Hogan a couple of seasons ago and the Heeraat gelding could get back to winning ways here.

Noel Kelly’s charge ran well upped to this trip at Limerick in April having cut little ice over hurdles, chasing home Rodney Bay and being denied only by a head; he was disappointing next time at Cork but may have gone off too hard there and racing on the worst of the ground so the form could be worth treating with some caution.

Back on a better surface and returned to a longer trip he can do better and Joey Sheridan can take 5lbs off which effectively leaves him just 1lb higher than his sole winning mark so a big run could be on the cards if he’s forgiven that last run.