Irish racing best bets – Top tips for Gowran Park on Thursday

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Get our Irish racing best bets for Thursday’s fixture at Gowran Park.

The Irish racing bandwagon rolls into Gowran Park on Thursday afternoon for an eight-race card filled with competitive handicap action. There’s no Pattern racing on the card, but the day’s action should be no less exciting for punters and the fixture makes it five meetings for the day with four race meetings also going to post across the UK.

As usual we’ve taken a look through the eight-race card for the Gowran Park fixture and give our Irish racing best bets for the day’s racing action following a 10/1 winner of the feature race on Wednesday!


1:30 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (Div II) (3yo) 7f

It could be worth giving another chance to LINE JUDGE who was reportedly coughing when disappointing on her last start at Dundalk three months ago and Joseph O’Brien’s charge shouldn’t be judged harshly on that effort where she finished fifth.

The Dawn Approach filly had shaped well on her debut despite showing signs of greenness, finishing just over four lengths’ third behind Abby Hatcher. A subsequent winner was behind her that day, while the runner-up has since placed in Listed company so the form could prove useful.

Forgiven her last run, she could bounce back here switching to turf and dropping back to seven furlongs. It is still early days with her and no surprise if she were to turn in a better effort now.

2:30 Gowran Park – Download The BoyleSports App Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65) 7f

TRUEBA seemed to find a jolt of improvement when fitted with a first-time visor at Dundalk in March where Johnny Murtagh’s charge ran out a half-length winner over Tynamite; assuming the headgear has the same positive effect again then he could follow up.

The Alhebayeb gelding took some time to find his stride, but he’s barely run a bad race since he opened his win account at Naas last June and he’s more often than not hit the frame following that win.

He’s only 4lbs higher in the weights here than when winning his latest start where he travelled with a lot more purpose and he looked value for more than the official winning margin. He could have more to offer then if the visor continues to eke out improvement in the four-year old and back on turf in a relatively weak affair he looks worth siding with to strike again from a mark which remains workable.

Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead

Our Thursday Irish racing best bets features a Henry de Bromhead-trained runner.

3:00 Gowran Park – Download The BoyleSports App Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 45-65) 7f

ANNEXATION showed some fair form on turf last summer when trained by Ed Dunlop and while the Wootton Bassett gelding ended his time in England on a low note, he could be worth chancing to get off the mark here on his first outing for Henry de Bromhead.

Bronze-medal finishes at Ayr and Lingfield over similar trips to this distance last term augur well for this return in an ordinary yet open contest and the latter of those two third-place efforts came from a mark 4lbs higher than his rating here.

Cheekpieces applied on his last start had a negative effect at Kempton where he failed to beat a rival; but if he were to display his earlier turf form here on his first start for his new handler then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him firmly involved in the finish and he could go close.

4:00 Gowran Park – Play Golf At Gowran Park Handicap (3yo) 1m

FEMINISTA showed improved form to get off the mark when equipped with first-time blinkers at Leopardstown in October, beating Flower Garland by the better part of one length. That form has worked out quite well and Jim Bolger’s charge is given another chance having disappointed on her next start at Naas.

That effort probably came too soon after his winning exertions, following just eight days on where the Dawn Approach filly could only finish around seven lengths’ fourth of eight runners behind In From The Cold.

That race though has seen the winner, runner-up and fifth all win since, including a Group Three success so the form is solid and returning from a break she could go well. She’s only 4lbs higher than when posting her winning effort and if the quicker conditions don’t’ catch her out stepping up to one mile for this latest start then she can collect this prize.