Irish racing tips on Friday – Best bets over the sticks at Killarney and Kilbeggan

Irish racing tips on Friday. Killarney host day five of their July Festival.Irish racing tips on Friday. Killarney host day five of their July Festival.

Irish racing tips on Friday 16 July

There is more horse racing taking place in Ireland on Friday with two meetings taking place; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Friday 16 July.

Two more Irish horse racing meetings head to post on Friday with both fixtures taking place over the sticks. Killarney hosts day five of its’ July Festival with an eight-race over the jumps while Kilbeggan are also in action with eight races on their card.

We’ve looked over the day’s racing in Ireland to pick out our Irish racing tips on Friday and best bets on the card.


2:50 Killarney – Daily Jackpots At BoyleSports Vegas Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-102) 2m1f

RICH BELIEF found some improvement for the application of cheekpieces on his last start at Cork earlier in the month, finishing third behind Ricky Bobby and Karl Thornton’s charge could do better here if the change in headgear to blinkers delivers another jolt of improvement.

The Make Believe gelding had only once finished in the frame in his previous hurdles starts but turned in an improved effort to finish around four lengths’ third and he’s only been raised 1lb in the weights for that run so ought to remain competitive with a repeat.

4:00 Killarney – BoyleSports Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m1f

RAYA TIME has some useful chase form in the book from his eight starts in this sphere and after a low key start to life over fences he has made the frame in his last five outings including a last-time victory at Wexford in July where he ran out a five lengths’ winner over Embittered.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge won a bumper here a couple of seasons ago and there could be better yet to come from the Al Namix gelding over the larger obstacles and having only been raised 3lbs in the weights.

Further improvement can’t be ruled out and he can make his presence felt although this looks a strong contest.

Irish racing tips on Friday. Henry de Bromhead can win the Killarney feature with Raya Time.

Irish racing tips on Friday. Henry de Bromhead can win the Killarney feature with Raya Time.

5:00 Kilbeggan – Coola Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+) 2m

Lightly-raced THE VIRGINIAN has run well on both starts over hurdles since joining Padraig Roche, shaping as if he’d be better for the run at Leopardstown back in March on his reappearance from 567 days off and then finding only one too good at Wexford last month behind Staging Post.

The Strong Mandate gelding most recently had a spin on the flat at Limerick although he finished well beaten; but back over hurdles here he could improve on that runner-up effort where he was beaten less than one length.

This doesn’t look the strongest of races and with the potential for better he might be worth chancing to get off the mark over hurdles now at the third attempt.

5:10 Killarney – Live Streaming On The BoyleSports App Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m7f

SEMPO’s jumping has left a bit to be desired on occasion but he’s been running well when completing the course, finishing in the frame three times and posting a very creditable fifth in the Irish Grand National behind Freewheelin Dylan having been given too much to do.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge has been absent since but that form stands out here and the Oscar gelding comes out on top at the weights where he gets weight all round from this field despite being the top-ranked runner.

Assuming he comes back from his break in good order then he remains with scope to do better as a chaser and he can strike here.