Irish racing best bets – Sunday tips at Naas and Wexford

Irish racing best bets and tips at Naas and Wexford.Irish racing best bets and tips at Naas and Wexford.

Irish racing best bets on Sunday 16 May

We have two more Irish horse racing fixtures taking place on Sunday with one each on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve picked out our Sunday Irish racing best bets and tips at Naas and Wexford.

Sunday plays host to another duo of Irish horse racing meetings where action comes both on the flat and over the sticks.

The day’s fixture on the flat comes from Naas where there is Group Three and Listed action on the card headed by the Lacken Stakes; while competitive handicap action over the sticks is the order of the day at Wexford.

With 16 races going to post across both of the day’s meetings in Ireland we’ve picked out our Irish racing best bets and tips at Naas and Wexford.


2:10 Naas – Naas Handicap (3yo) 1m

DIDEROT offered plenty to work on when finishing third on debut at Dundalk back in November behind Chicago Bay, but the Bated Breath gelding stepped up on that effort when getting off the mark back on the all-weather in March following a break.

Ger Lyons’ charge had Hamwood Flier beaten two lengths, readily, and there ought to be more to come from him where he can continue to improve. This is a step up in class however and he will need to progress, but with his yard in good form that certainly could happen as he tackles turf now for the first time.

An opening mark of 90 could possibly underestimate him and the form of his maiden success has been boosted so he could be worth chancing to deliver here if the soft ground on his turf debut doesn’t prove an issue.

Sunday tips at Naas and Wexford. Ger Lyons can saddle a winner at Naas.

Sunday tips at Naas and Wexford. Ger Lyons can saddle a winner at Naas.

3:25 Wexford – Support The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m

THUNDEROSA returns from a short break having won two of his last three starts and the Westerner gelding can pick up where he left off.

Dermot McLoughlin’s charge ran out an easy winner at Punchestown in Feburary and bounced back from a lesser run lest time over a trip too sharp for him when successful back at three miles at Cork when last seen running in March.

He won a shade cosily that day, finding plenty under his rider’s urgings and a 7lbs rise for that success remains workable with his good claimer again taking the reins and able to claim back the same amount.

Freshened up since he can return here with a big effort and no surprise to see him going close.

3:40 Naas – Sole Power Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 5f

URBAN BEAT could be worth another chance having looked in need of his reapeparance behind Mooniesta recently over this course and distance, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge could prove a different proposition with that under his belt.

The Red Jazz gelding proved himself a useful and largely consistent performer last term, often featuring in the frame in Listed company at home and in the UK and he rounded off last campaign with a Group Three win at Dundalk.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge was beaten just over two lengths in finishing fifth on his return but he can do better now he’s been sharpened up and the application of blinkers could yield further improvement so he can make his presence felt here.

4:25 Wexford – Good Enuf To Eat Banqueting Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m1f

WRONG DIRECTION has been running well of late, twice making the frame in his last four starts and also registering a win at Cork last month; Seamus Spillane’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here having found only one too good last time out.

The Well Chosen gelding had run out a four lengths’ victor over Easca Mor at Cork last month and followed that up by chasing home Winged Leader at Tramore where he was beaten six lengths although the shorter trip possibly was against him.

He returns to a longer distance here which ought to suit him more and Denis O’Regan takes the reins as the veteran gelding returns to handicapping from a mark that isn’t beyond him if showing his best form.

Sunday tips at Naas and Wexford. Aidan O'Brien can saddle a winner at Naas.

Sunday tips at Naas and Wexford. Aidan O’Brien can saddle a winner at Naas.

4:40 Naas – Goffs Lacken Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 6f

A dual-winner last term it appeared that LIPIZZANER needed his reappearance at Navan last month in the Listed Committed Stakes behind Measure Of Magic; but with that effort now under his belt Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.

The Uncle Mo colt had also placed in a Group Three at the Curragh and was thought worthy of a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint where he finished a good fourth.

His latest return was a decent effort in finishing third behind Measure Of Magic who has won since to boost the form and he handles softer ground so ought to find some improvement for his reappearance anc he can return to winning ways with Ryan Moore preferring him over the yard’s other runners.