Irish racing tips for Thursday – Best bets at Fairyhouse and Clonmel
We give our Irish racing tips for Thursday for the meetings at Clonmel and Fairyhouse.
Thursday’s Irish horse racing action takes in two meetings with racing on the flat at Fairyhouse, while over at Clonmel there is a fixture over the sticks.
Complementing the day’s quartet of UK horse racing fixtures, we’ve taken a look over both of the cards taking place in Ireland and pick out our Irish racing tips for Thursday and best bets for the day’s racing.
IRISH RACING TIPS FOR THURSDAY – BEST BETS AT FAIRYHOUSE & CLONMEL
2:00 Clonmel – Carrick-On-Suir Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m3½f
This isn’t a strong contest although quite a few boast chances of success; but LADYMORATA could be worth chancing to come out on top and Andrew McNamara’s Scorpion mare can post a big effort.
She’s not shown a great deal in a number of starts over timber to date, but she has come up against a couple of decent sorts in her short career and there were better signs latest when finishing sixth in a first-time tongue-tie at Downpatrick in September.
The handicapper has further eased her burden with a 2lbs drop in the ratings and this slightly longer trip might suit; while she is equipped with cheekpieces now in addition to the tongue-tie and the extra headgear could yield some measure of improvement so she could fare better this time around.
2:35 Clonmel – Clonmel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 3m
EIMAR is forgiven her last run at Kilbeggan where the Court Cave mare disappointed in finishing fifth behind Ballycastle Girl as she was found to have been coughing post-race.
Matthew Smith’s charge had shown some fair form for previous handler William Ross without winning; but she got off the mark when scoring by almost ten lengths in a Kilbeggan chase back in July before returning to obstacled for her last run.
She remains with scope to take advantage of this current rating over timber given she won well over the larger obstacles from this mark and she had gone close from 3lbs lower at Tipperary the time before.
Now returning from a break she could do better and no surprise if she were to make her presence felt in this contest.
3:10 Clonmel – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase (5yo+) 3m
Touch Of Oscar could well prove the one to beat, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge had a hard race at Punchestown two days ago and this might just come too soon so AFOREMENTIONED gets the vote to bounce back from a lesser run at Ballinrobe last month.
Gordon Elliott’s charge had been in decent fettle prior to that last outing, twice finishing runner-up including behind the useful Doctor Duffy at Kilbeggan two starts ago. The Zanzibar gelding had also posted a very good fourth in the Grade Three Rockshore Novices’ Chase, beaten around ten lengths.
He sported first-time cheekpieces in his last outing but might have found the ground against him when finishing fifth behind Line Out who has won since. But back on a better surface he could do better now and while not altogether straightforward he could be worth chancing to put it all together here.
3:25 Fairyhouse – Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 6f
MOWGLI arrives here in good health having won his last two outings and Bill McCreery’s charge can land a hat-trick of successes.
The Bungle Inthejungle gelding struck by a half-length from Miacomet at the Curragh in August prior to doubling up with a short-head verdict over Inflection Point at Navan latest where the slightly sharper trip may just gone against him.
This is tougher having been raised a further 6lbs following that latest win, but the return to six furlongs will suit and Jack Cleary’s 10lbs claim continues to prove an advantage with the rider 2-3 on the horse.
Further improvement will be needed if he’s to land his hat-trick, but he is a course and distance winner and his narrow winning margins the last twice might have him just flying under the handicapper’s radar still so he could be capable of better yet.
4:35 Fairyhouse – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Div II) (3yo+) 1m2f
DELTA DAWN gives up race-fitness to most of these but Aidan O’Brien’s charge arguably sets the standard on form and the Galileo colt can make a winning return from a lengthy absence.
Following a promising debut fourth at Gowran Park last June he has posted successive runner-up efforts at Galway and Killarney respectively, latterly going down by only a half-length behind Camorra where he was run down late by the winner.
The winner has proved to be a useful performer, finishing fourth in a Group Two subsequently, while he had two future winners in arrears. This step up in distance on his reappearance is likely to suit and if fully wound up ahead of his reappearance then there’s every chance he can strike gold here where he’s open to significant improvement.