Irish racing tips on Monday – Best bets at Curragh and Down Royal
Irish racing tips on Monday 3 May
Racing in Ireland this Bank Holiday Monday sees two meetings going to post with flat and jumps racing action; we’ve looked over the day’s racing and pick out our Irish racing tips on Monday.
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Bank Holiday Monday with racing on the flat and also over the sticks for punters to take in and try to find a few winners.
The day’s flat racing action comes from the Curragh where a good card awaits with Group racing on the agenda where the feature Mooresbridge Stakes takes centre-stage, ably backed by the Group Three Athasi Stakes.
Meanwhile there is also jumps racing in Ireland with a fixture over the sticks at Down Royal and we’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures to pick our our Irish racing tips on Monday.
IRISH RACING TIPS ON MONDAY 3 MARCH – BEST BETS AT CURRAGH & DOWN ROYAL
2:00 Curragh – GAIN First Flier Stakes (Listed) (2yo) 5f
ELLIPTIC looked a potentially very smart prospect when winning with plenty in hand at Tipperary last month and open to considerable improvement on the back of that debut the Caravaggio filly might be worth chancing to follow up.
Donnacha O’Brien’s charge raced green early, slow into stride and needing pushed along early; but the penny dropped quickly and he scored readily in the end over Quick Suzie. That bare form might be nothing special but she was visually impressive and there’s surely more to come.
Quickly thrust into a higher grade on the back of that effort she gets weight here from the colts and with improvement expected she can make her presence felt.
3:10 Curragh – Coolmore Stud Circus Maximus Irish EBF Athasi Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 7f
CHAMPERS ELYSEES made up into a very smart filly last term, reeling off a four-timer of wins which included the Group Three Matron Stakes where she beat Peaceful by just over one length and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can make a winning return.
She ran better than the bare result on her final start in the Sun Chariot Stakes where she possibly failed to handle the dip; but she ran on well late and there may be better to come from the daughter of Elzaam.
Lack of a run shouldn’t be too much of an issue as she made a wining reappearance over this course and distance twelve months ago to kick-start her winning spree and having proved versatility on the ground with wins in conditions ranging from good-to-firm to heavy she could prove a tough nut to crack here and she can get back on the scoresheet.
3:45 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo) 7f
MONTEGO BAY has shaped with promise on all three career starts to date, running well in defeat on her seasonal return at Leopardstown on her return last month and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can open her account here.
The No Nay Never filly had been sprinting as a juvenile but stepped up to one mile on her return, eventually finishing fourth to Acanella; that run will have sharpened her up though and she did well in the circumstances having to pick her way through the field from the rear .
She makes her handicap debut here from a mark that should be workable and with the drop back in trip unlikely to be a concern she can build on that seasonal return where she can get off the mark.
4:00 Down Royal – Download The BoyleSports App Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m
ITSALONGLONGROAD has proven a useful multipurpose performer, winning on the flat on turf and all-weather and over hurdles previously in his career before making a winning switch to chasing at Downpatrick last September.
John McConnell’s charge had since added another success at Tramore before finishing a good third here in heavy ground in February. He’s had a break since and returns to chasing where he makes his handicap debut and he could be fairly weighted off the 114 rating.
Better ground is also no issue so these conditions will be fine and while he probably needs a shade more he’s unexposed as a chaser and can improve to go close here.
4:20 Curragh – Dick McCormick Irish EBF Tetrarch Stakes (Listed) (3yo) 7f
ACE AUSSIE was progressive last term in his three starts, winning at Cork in September but disappointing upped to Group Two company in the Beresford Stakes although he possibly just found the longer trip stretching him.
Jessica Harrington’s charge returned to this furlong shorter trip with the Australia colt on his reappearance at Leopardstown in the 2000 Guineas Classic Trial where he found only Poetic Flare too strong by just over one length.
That form was boosted significantly at the weekend when the winner landed the Newmarket colts’ Classic and he’s sure to come on for that run so he could post a big effort here and may prove tough to beat with a repeat.