Irish racing Saturday tips – Best bets at Galway and Leopardstown
Irish racing Saturday tips at Galway and Leopardstown
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Saturday with action on the flat and over the sticks. Our tipping team pick out their Irish racing Saturday tips for both meetings.
Two decent quality meetings go to post on Saturday with racing both on the flat and over the sticks for punters to take in where the action comes from Galway over jumps and Leopardstown who race on the level.
The latter card features Group Three action with the Eyrefield Stakes as well as a Listed contest on a good-looking card, while Galway’s fixture looks competitive with some good quality handicaps on the agenda.
Our tipping team have looked over both cards and have picked out their Irish racing Saturday tips for the day’s fixtures.
IRISH RACING SATURDAY TIPS – BEST BETS AT GALWAY & LEOPARDSTOWN
1:52 Galway – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (IRE Incentive Race) (4yo+) 2m½f
SAM’S CHOICE steps out over hurdles for the first time and Gordon Elliott’s charge can make a winning debut in this sphere.
The Kalanisi gelding showed some decent form in bumpers last term, twice making the frame before returning this term to run out a ready winner of a Clonmel bumper last month, beating State Of Honor.
That rival has run well again since and he’s sure to have been well prepared ahead of his hurdling debut where the booking of Davy Russell for this assignment catches the eye. Assuming this softer ground doesn’t present an issue he ought to have a big say with a clear round and he can land the spoils here.
3:25 Leopardstown – Knockaire Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 7f
MASEN was highly tried last term in the wake of a debut victory at this venue last July, finishing third in the Group Three Tyros Stakes before finding himself swimming too deeply in Group One company next time.
Ger Lyons’ charge has returned to action this term in good heard, finding only one too good in a Listed contest at Killarney before resuming winning ways in a handicap here latest where equipped with a first-time hood he had too much for San Andreas, scoring by a half-length.
Back at this level the Kingman gelding can improve again and assuming the headgear has the same positive effect again he should make his presence felt once more as he bids for a follow-up success.
4:10 Galway – COLM QUINN BMW Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 3m
GLENQUIN CASTLE is thriving at present and Martin Brassil’s charge can register his fifth straight win.
The fitting of cheekpieces has had a profound effect on the Getaway gelding who reeled off a hat-trick of wins over fences in recent weeks and continued his winning spree back over hurdles when going in at Tipperary at the beginning of this month.
He’s been hit hard by the handicapper for that nose verdict and the runner-up didn’t help the form when pulled up next time; however given his current rich vein of form he could still have more to offer and he remains well treated on his chase form.
If he can match his best form over the larger obstacles to this discipline then there’s no reason why he can’t go well again and every chance he can make his presence felt.
5:10 Leopardstown – Eyrefield Stakes (Group 3) (2yo) 1m1f
DUKE DE SESSA found Group One company too much when beating only one home behind Native Trail at the Curragh last month in the National Stakes. However Dermot Weld’s charge takes a drop back in class here and can bounce back.
The Lope De Vega colt had won at that venue the time before when posting a five lengths’ defeat of Adonis over one mile and his latest run came over a furlong shorter which might not have suited although he was never seriously competitive in that Group One contest which represents strong form.
He ought to be more suited by going back up in trip as is the case here with the longer distance sure to bring out some improvement and easing back in class there’d be no surprise if he were to do better here.