Irish racing best bets – Tips at Listowel and Gowran Park
Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Gowran Park
Another two Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Monday and we’ve got our Irish racing best bets for both cards.
A new week of horse racing action in Ireland kicks off on Monday with two more fixtures going to post over the sticks and on the flat and 16 races in all will unfold across the day’s pair of fixtures.
The Afternoon action on the flat sees racing at Gowran Park; while Listowel accounts for Monday’s jumps racing where Samcro will be in action in the day’s John J. Galvin Chase feature race of the day.
We’ve picked out our Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Gowran Park and our tips for both racecards.
IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS AT LISTOWEL & GOWRAN PARK
2:20 Gowran Park – Visit Kilkenny.ie Handicap (3yo+) 7f
GALTEE MIST is a capable sort and the Gale Force Ten mare can follow up her Saturday success here turned out quickly.
Joseph Murphy’s charge ran out a two lengths’ winner over Mudawy at Listowel over the weekend and the former course and distance winner can compete here from the same mark so could repeat the dose with the return to seven furlongs no issue.
She’d previously won over the trip at the Curragh in November and if she can maintain her current spell of good form she can strike again assuming this doesn’t come too soon.
2:50 Gowran Park – Good Enuf To Eat Caterers At Gowran Park Apprentice Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m
HIDDEN SPARK ran a series of good runs in defeat for Dot Love last term, making the frame on numerous occasions prior to a move to Adrian Mcguinness’ yard and the Dream Ahead mare wasted no time in getting off the mark for her new yard when forcing a dead-heat at Naas back in April.
The handicapper has only raised her 4lbs for that success which is very workable on past form and she placed several times from higher last term so she ought to be in the mix again with a repeat of that latest run and she can follow up.
3:05 Listowel – Mike Lawlee Memorial Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f
RARE CONOR’s form has been somewhat hit or miss and the Ratki gelding is still searching for a first win; but this could be his day and the ten-year old can finally get off the mark.
Thomas Gibney’s charge ran well in first-time cheekpieces when finding only one too good last month at Ballinrobe, beaten three lengths by Big Debates where he travelled well into the contest and led over the last obstacle before being overhauled by the winner.
He was clear of the third however and the fourth has run well since to give the form a small boost. He’s only 3lbs higher here although his rider offsets 2lbs of that through his claim.
Representing a yard in good form at present he should continue to give a good account assuming he can back up that recent better performance in the headgear which is retained.
4:05 Listowel – John J. Galvin Chase (5yo+) 2m3f
Things haven’t gone to plan for SAMCRO having been hailed as a superstar in his younger days; but the Germany gelding remains capable of very smart form and he did win a Grade One over fences when taking the 2020 Marsh Novices’ Chase with a defeat of Melon.
A return to the Cheltenham Festival this term ended in dismal failure for Sneezy Foster’s charge although he was later found to have been amiss when pulled up in the Ryanair Chase; but he bounced back to win the An Riocht Chase at Killarney in May, beating Cilaos Emery and he could follow up here.
He got up close home that day and the pair were clear of Peregrine Run who is in today’s line-up and was in receipt of weight. Respective jockey claims put that rival no better off at the weights here and the nine-year old is expected to be hard to beat here if at his best.
The top-rated horse in the field he can throw in an occasional shocker, but he is the one to beat here and all being well he should prove a class apart from these rivals if putting his best foot forward.