Irish racing best bets – Tips for Wexford and Navan over the sticks

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Irish racing best bets for Wexford and Navan

There are two meetings going to post over the sticks in Ireland on Wednesday and we’ve picked out our Irish racing best bets for Wexford and Navan.

With much of Wednesday’s focus on the second day of Royal Ascot there are two meetings heading to post in Ireland over the sticks with action in the afternoon at Wexford while Navan hosts an evening card.

Across both of the day’s Irish fixtures there will be 16 races unfolding and we’ve looked over both cards to pick out our Irish racing best bets for the day.


2:25 Wexford – Slaney River Ladies Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4½f

KLASSY KAY won two of her first three starts following her switch to Willie Mullins, the latest coming when successful at Punchestown in January; the Presenting mare hasn’t been in the same form since however and has failed to trouble the judge in four subsequent outings.

The Presenting mare wasn’t suited by how the race developed at Ballinrobe last time however and the handicapper has eased her 1lb following that run.

This race is for lady riders and Jodie Townend takes the reins where she’s able to claim 7lbs; Jodie has already proven to be very capable in the saddle and so racing from an effective 99 mark here she could bounce back to winning form.

3:00 Wexford – BoyleSports Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

GLOIRE D’ATHON was a winner in France for Alain Couetil prior to moving to Henry de Bromhead and the Doctor Dino has shaped quite well in a number of starts over hurdles, twice finishing third with the latest coming at Punchestown last time out on his return from more than three months off.

On that occasion he was only beaten three lengths by Pipers Meadow, making most from the third obstacle until headed over the last and unable to match the first two home for pace late on.

The drop back to two miles on better ground could see him find some improvement and Hugh Morgan takes off a handy 5lbs so allied with the application of a first-time tongue-tie he could improve to get off the mark here.

Irish racing best bets. Henry De Bromhead can saddle a winner at Wexford.

Irish racing best bets. Henry De Bromhead can saddle a winner at Wexford.

4:10 Wexford – Visit Novice Chase (4yo+) 2m4f

YA BOY YA was a winner between the flags for his previous yard and shaped well in a number starts over hurdles having also won a bumper on his first run for Colin Bowe, scoring over timber at Tramore last August.

The Sans Frontieres gelding has had three starts over fences, making his third one a winning one on his return from more than eight months off when beating One Down by five lengths and further progress could see him follow up here given he’s still unexposed over fences.

He had finished third previously to the useful A Wave Of The Sea at Kilbeggan on his chase debut and open to improvement could be the way to go here.

5:10 Navan – Yellow Furze Mares Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m

POWERFUL OUT won a bumper at Tramore last October and the Presenting mare made her reappearance in a Grade Three bumper at Punchestown in April, finishing ninth but shaping as if she’d be better for the run.

John Kiely’s charge stepped up on that effort to finish a decent fifth on her hurdling debut back at Punchestown last month, sporting a first-time hood but unable to find a change of gear late on and fading having got into a challenging position.

She could improve for that experience of hurdling and this doesn’t look a particularly deep race so she could make her presence felt with Mikey Hamill able to take 3lbs off her back, while the better surface here shouldn’t be an issue.

Assuming she can bring her useful form in bumpers over hurdles then it shouldn’t be too long before she’s winning and she can go in here.

7:15 Navan – Gormanlough Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-95) 2m6f

RULE OF JUNE is yet to score over hurdles but Liam Casey’s charge has shown enough in defeat to suggest the Rule Of Law mare can pick up a small race with a number of placed efforts to her name and she most recently finished a good fourth at Punchestown behind Ask David, beaten six lengths.

That winner has run well since and the selection can race here from the same mark as she steps up in trip. She had placed over three miles from 1lb higher than this rating in the past and a good 5lbs claimer in Ambrose McCurtin comes in this time so she could take advantage here of her revised mark under her rider’s claim where she can open her account.