Irish racing best bets – Gowran Park tips on Monday 19 October

Monday’s Irish horse racing programme sees just one fixture heading to post and we’ve looked over the day’s racecard to give our Gowran Park tips on Monday.

Just one horse racing fixture goes to post in Ireland to complement the day’s meetings in the UK and the day’s sole fixture comes from the meeting at Gowran Park which hosts seven races on the level from 2.05pm.

Our Sunday Irish racing tips yielded three winners from five selections and we’ve looked over the day’s racing in Ireland to give our Gowran Park tips on Monday as we go in search of more winners.


2:35 Gowran Park – Download The BoyleSports App Handicap (3yo+ 45-65) 7f

The application of blinkers appears have delivered a jolt of improvement for INDIANA GREY who ran well for third when fitted with the headgear for the first time at Cork in September and she stepped up to seven furlongs for her latest outing saw the Zebedee filly get off the mark with a battling success over Count Of Carabass.

Heavy ground proved no problem on that occasion and so these similar conditions are unlikely to halt her with the potential for better to come despite a 6lbs rise in the ratings. Now she has got her head in front she may be worth chancing to follow up with the excellent Sam Ewing taking over in the saddle where his 7lbs allowance helps to ease the burden.

3:05 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

ROMAN EMPIRE looked green on his debut at this venue back in July when finishing fourth behind stablemate Southern Cape; Aidan O’Brien’s charge can find some progress for that first experience to do better here and the Galileo colt can go close.

He’s not been seen since that effort which is a slight concern, but he represents a yard in decent fettle and he might be able to overcome that negative given he remains with potential for better.

The form of that debut run looks fair and the winner has contested in Pattern company since that run, albeit with limited success; while the runner-up won next time and has also turned out in Listed and Group races.

The step up to one mile might suit and he should handle these conditions so every chance he can deliver a big run on his reappearance and it might be significant that Seamie Heffernan sides with him over the yard’s debutante.

Gowran Park tips on Monday. Aidan O'Brien can get amongst the winners on the card.

Gowran Park tips on Monday. Aidan O’Brien can get amongst the winners on the card.

4:05 Gowran Park – Play 3-2-Win At MansionBet Handicap (3yo 45-70) 1m

Quick ground might not have suited ROCKVIEW EMPRESS when beaten at Tipperary last month, but this much deeper surface will suit the Lope De Vega filly better and John McConnell’s charge can get back on the winning trail.

Fourth in heavy ground at Bellewstown in April where she wasn’t beaten far, she got off the mark in soft conditions at Navan in September where she ran out a four lengths’ winner over Ben Alexander under this rider and where a subsequent winner was behind.

Only fifth under a penalty last time where she turned out in an apprentices’ race she can perhaps be forgiven that effort and can do better back under more suitable conditions with Colin Keane back in the saddle.

4:35 Gowran Park – Bet 10 Get 20 With MansionBet Fillies & Mares Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f

LA JOYA could be worth chancing to get off the mark with Willie Mullins’ charge having run well in heavy ground over this trip at Listowel last month and the Lope De Vega filly can go one better here.

She hasn’t been disgraced in her previous starts, running better than the bare result in a Galway maiden on just her second start and possibly unsuited by the lesser trip at Punchestown before posting that silver medal finish.

A repeat of that effort might be good enough to see her get off the mark now and the form of that last run was done little harm when the third occupied the same position on her next start. She might be one for handicaps but she has shown enough to suggest she can pick up a race at this level and still with potential for better can make her presence felt here under Colin Keane.