Irish racing best bets – Tips for Dundalk and Killarney

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Irish racing best bets at Dundalk and Killarney

There are two meetings heading to post in Ireland on Monday with action on the flat and we’ve picked out our Monday Irish racing best bets and tips for both cards.

Two fixtures head to post in Ireland on Monday with action on the flat on turf and polytrack where 15 races in all will go to post across the day’s meetings.

On the flat on turf there is a seven race card at Killarney, while Dundalk are racing on their polytrack surface with a rare afternoon fixture; we’ve looked over both of the day’s meetings to pick out our Monday Irish racing best bets and tips.


2:10 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Supports Irish Racing Handicap (3yo) 7f

PUERTO DE VEGA shaped well last term in a trio of starts of maidens but returning from eleven months and switched to handicapping the Lope De Vega gelding took a step forward with a solid fourth behind New Hill at Gowran Park and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can improve again here.

The steady pace on that occasion possibly wasn’t to his liking while he might have needed the run and will be sharper this time around and he can do better with this likely to be run at more of a gallop.

The handicapper has eased him 1lb in the rankings also, while a good 3lbs claimer takes off another small chunk of weight; assuming he handles the switch to polytrack then he could go close here to a breakthrough win and there’d be no surprise to see him in the mix.

2:45 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Proudly Sponsors Dundalk Ladies Day Maiden (3yo) 1m

IRISH CHIEF has experience to call up here and the War Front colt hasn’t shaped too badly in his five starts to date, making the frame three times including his latest effort at Gowran Park when stepped up in trip when finishing runner-up to Tazaral.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge had been sprinting prior to that marked increase in distance and he drops here back to one mile having possibly been stretched last time out. He could do better here now equipped with blinkers and if handling the polytrack surface he ought to go well.

The winner from that last run did little harm to the form next time out and if the headgear has a positive effect then the Ballydoyle runner can get off the mark.

Irish racing best bets. Aidan O'Brien can saddle a winner on the card at Dundalk.

Irish racing best bets. Aidan O’Brien can saddle a winner on the card at Dundalk.

4:30 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Best Odds Guaranteed Maiden (3yo+) 1m2½f

SAFECRACKER has improved with each start, finishing in the frame the last twice and latterly runner-up at the Curragh when beaten just one length by Interpretation.

The front two in that race pulled six lengths clear of the third so it was a useful effort and the Golden Horn colt is capable of finding further improvement to get off the mark now with his yard in good form.

He has the services of a good claiming rider here who can take a handy 3lbs off his back and if handling the switch to polytrack he ought to go close here.

5:45 Killarney – Carrauntoohil Handicap (3yo 45-75) 1m

TALL STORY has improved since being switched to handicaps, finishing third at Roscommon at the end of May and then finding only one too good at Listowel latest when beaten just over one length by Cisco Disco.

The Clodovil gelding kept on well on that occasion, finishing clear of the third and hinting that he might be better for more of a test of stamina so he ought to be suited by this extra furlong which can bring about another jolt of improvment.

Joseph Murphy’s charge has been hit with a 3lbs rise for that near miss latest, but he could have a bigger performance to come and he can make his presence felt once more.

6:45 Killarney – Torc Waterfall Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m3f

KARATAYKA stepped up on her debut fifth to find only one too good at Roscommon next time and Mick Halford’s charge can find another chunk of improvement to get off the mark here at the third attempt.

The Dariyan filly was beaten just over one length on that occasion, running on well but no match for the easy winner and this step up in trip could unlock some more progress.

She represents a yard that is in good form and if building again on that last performance then there’s no reason why she can’t get involved in the finish to this contest.