Irish racing tips on Monday – Best bets at Downpatrick and Roscommon
Irish racing tips on Monday 30 August
A new week of Irish horse racing fixtures kicks off on Monday with two meetings on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Monday and best bets at both meetings.
With two fixtures going to post on Monday in Ireland there is plenty for fans of Irish horse racing to puzzle over and the action unfolds both on the flat and over the sticks in the afternoon and evening with 15 races taking place across the day’s fixture list.
The afternoon action sees jumps racing from Downpatrick where a seven-race card goes to post, while Roscommon are racing in the evening with eight races and we’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Irish racing tips on Monday.
IRISH RACING TIPS ON MONDAY – BEST BETS AT DOWNPATRICK & ROSCOMMON
1:40 Downpatrick – Molson Coors Beverage Company Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m3f
ALEXHARWILL has proven steadily progressive since being switched to handicaps, bettering his finishing position with every run and it might be worth chancing the Shirocco gelding to get off the mark now.
Les Young’s charge posted his best effort to date when finding only Dympnas Well too strong over this course and distance earlier in the month where he went down by just over one length and he should be competitive again having been raised just 2lbs.
Still relatively unexposed over timber there could be a better effort still to come from him and he likely wouldn’t need to find much improvement in order to make his presence felt.
2:10 Downpatrick – Randox Health Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m5½f
GATEAU DE MIEL stepped up on an inauspicious debut over hurdles to find only one too good latest at Tramore and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can improve again to get off the mark at the third attempt in this sphere.
The Apsis gelding was returning from almost three months off when beaten five lengths by Brideswell Lad, leading over two out but unable to hold off the winner but keeping on well to the line in a first-time tongue-tie.
He ought to improve again with that additional experience under his belt and this doesn’t look a particularly strong race so there’d be no surprise to see him pick up a first win on this latest occasion.
5:45 Roscommon – Donate To The Coast To Curragh Cycle In Memory Of Pat Smullen Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65) 7½f
JAZZ DREAMERS is already a dual-winner this term with victories at Bellewstown and Tipperary latterly where the Red Jazz gelding ran out a five lengths’ victor over Olivia Valere in an apprentices’ race.
Seamus Fahey’s charge was impressive there and is quickly turned out under a penalty with connections keen to strike again while the iron is hot and a repeat of that last run would put him firmly in the mix again.
That win did come over a longer trip but the drop back in distance shouldn’t be too much of a concern given his previous victory was at one mile and he finished a close third over an extended five at Sligo earlier this month so he’s clearly versatile and he made most latest so he’s not short of speed.
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon just four days on then he could take some beating and he can go in again.
6:15 Roscommon – Class Grass Handicap (3yo+) 7½f
PRIVILEGE shaped as if amiss when last seen at Leopardstown in July, finishing last of ten on his first start in a handicap; but the Holy Roman Emperor gelding is given another chance and he had looked progressive prior to that disappointment.
Jessica Harrington’s cahrge had won the time before at Tipperary where he was a ready winner over Got The Moves, scoring by just over length and the third and fourth horses home in that contest have both won since.
He failed to fire last time out but he’s been given time since and returns here in a first-time hood which could unlock some improvement and he remains capable of better so there’d be little shock in seeing him bounce back from that lesser effort last time to post a much improved showing.