Irish racing tips for Wednesday – Best bets at Roscommon and Naas
We look over Wednesday’s horse racing and pick out our Irish racing tips at Roscommon and Naas.
Jumps racing is back on the agenda on Wednesday in Ireland with only the second meeting over the sticks since the sport’s restart and the action comes from Roscommon where a seven-race hurdles and bumper card awaits.
There is also flat racing action taking place on Wednesday with a fixture from Naas where there is also seven races on the card making a total of 14 races in Ireland to complement the 27 races that take place on Wednesday in the UK.
Our Irish racing tipster has looked over both cards at Roscommon and Naas and gives his best bets at each meeting with his daily Irish racing tips.
IRISH RACING TIPS WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE
2:30 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (3yo+) 6f
It might be worth giving another chance to PAPA BEAR who had shaped with ability in a trio of runs as a juvenile which included finishing runner-up at the Curragh and Jessica Harrington’s charge should be sharper for his recent return at Fairyhouse.
The Kodiac colt could only finish fifth on that occasion, beaten around twelve lengths behind Koolasice, but he didn’t help his chance by fluffing the start and the run might have been needed in any case given that it was his first run in eleven months.
He can do better this time around for his yard which continues in decent fettle and the application of cheekpieces now could eke out further improvement so he could step up on his recent return to action to finish much closer now.
3:30 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (3yo+) 1m
EDWARD HOPPER showed a good level of ability as a juvenile, twice finishing runner-up including when being beaten by only a half-length behind Royal Dornoch at Gowran Park.
Ger Lyons’ charge was thought good enough to try out at Listed level when returning to action two weeks ago, possibly needing the run but posting a creditable fifth behind Ten Year Ticket at Leopardstown and he can build on that reappearance to get off the mark.
The Excelebration colt ought to be suited by this step up in trip and he wasn’t given a hard time on his return so likely has more to offer. His juvenile form sets him apart from what looks a relatively ordinary bunch and back at a more realistic level he ought to take plenty of beating here.
5:40 Roscommon – www.roscommonracecourse.ie (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
EMAIL ROSE is still a maiden after seven attempts over hurdles but the Al Namix gelding has shown enough to suggest he can pick up a small victory and Henry de Bromhead’s charge can get off the mark here.
Runner-up when last seen out, beaten only one length behind Five O’Clock at Limerick he appeared improved by the application of a tongue-tie and he might have held on for the win had he not made a mistake at the second-last obstacle which robbed him of some momentum.
Despite the mishap though he battled well to the line, only giving way to the winner close home and the front two had pulled ten lengths clear of the remainder. The winner has since gone on to win a Grade Three contest as well as being tried in the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival so there no caste lost in his narrow defeat.
That run sets the standard and a repeat ought to prove good enough to see him open his win account under Rachael Blackmore.
6:40 Roscommon – Knockcroghery Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m5f
MUTADAFFEQ looks the way to go here and the New Approach gelding arrives in search of a hat-trick of wins having struck over fences in March and a recent win over two miles on the level at the Curragh will have Gavin Cromwell’s charge spot-on for this attempt at a three-timer.
A winner over hurdles at Cork last May, he’s not one to set the watch by given he’s a generally inconsistent sort; but he’s capable on his day and arrive here in good form which could see him put his best foot forward.
This mark could remain within his scope and he finished third from 1lb higher than this rating over hurdles last term although he couldn’t add to his win tally until his recent Clonmel chase success. But that performance and subsequent flat success can see him make his presence felt here assuming he can carry on the good work on the back of those wins.