Irish racing best bets – Saturday 22 August tips for the Curragh and Killarney
Saturday’s Irish racing best bets come from the meetings at the Curragh and Killarney.
As the York Ebor Festival enters its’ final day amid a four-fixture UK programme of horse racing there are two meetings heading to post in Ireland with afternoon flat racing from the Curragh where there is Group Two action on the card.
Meanwhile over the sticks also in the afternoon is a fixture from Killarney. We’ve taken a look over both of the day’s cards and pick out our Irish racing best bets on Saturday.
IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE CURRAGH & KILLARNEY
3:10 Curragh – A.R.M. Holding Curragh Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 6f
MAKE A CHALLENGE has won three times over this course and distance and Denis Hogan’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here having chased home A’Ali when last seen in the Sapphire Stakes.
The Invincible Spirit gelding struck his last success here in July, beating Urban Beat and he’ll be keen to avenge his earlier defeat behind the reopposing Speak In Colours from their last encounter here in the Greenlands Stakes.
The selection gets 4lbs from that rival now and his defeat behind Joseph O’Brien’s charge may have been a result of the run coming too soon after his win in a Listed contest at Naas on his reappearance. He’s since been freshened up following his last outing and can turn the tables now on the O’Brien runner who has been kept busy.
3:25 Killarney – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m4f
MICK CHARLIE produced a career-best effort to get off the mark at Kilbeggan earlier in the month and Declan Queally’s charge is taken to follow up with that victory likely to spur him on.
The Mr Dinos gelding is relatively lightly raced over hurdles having also spent time in the point-to-point sphere and he build on an encouraging seasonal debut at Tramore in July to post that success latest where he ran out a six lengths’ victor over In Your Shadow.
That form has been boosted with the third winning since, while both the runner-up and fourth have gone on to register silver medal finishes. A 9lbs rise then could underestimate his potential for better and while his rider can’t claim here the selection can go well again to follow up that last time win.
3:45 Curragh – A.R.M. Holding Debutante Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (2yo) 7f
MEALA has progressed with every start this term and could represent some value against the O’Brien battalions.
Jim Bolger’s charge has bettered his finishing position with each run, scoring impressively when last seen at Galway in July where the Epaulette filly struck by more than ten lengths over Umneyaat.
The easier ground on that occasion might have helped and conditions are likely to be similar here. She can improve again and while this demands more stepped up to Group company she can give a good account in what looks a pretty open contest.
4:00 Killarney – Live Streaming On The BoyleSports App Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7f
WILLIAM OF WYKEHAM has been much improved since faced with more of a test of stamina the last twice, scoring a brace of wins at Ballinrobe and Roscommon latterly where the Arcano gelding ran out a six lengths’ victor over Happie Days.
Mark Michael McNiff’s yard are in terrific form at present, boasting a 27% strike-rate and a level-stakes +16 points profit over the past fortnight; the selection may well be up to continuing the stable’s good run here despite being hit with a 9lbs rise in the weights.
This also looks a stronger race than the one he took latest, but thriving at present he looks worth sticking with while in his current vein of good form to strike again.