Irish racing tips on Saturday – Best bets at Cork and Naas

Irish racing tips on Saturday. Best bets at Naas and Cork.Irish racing tips on Saturday. Best bets at Naas and Cork.

Irish racing tips on Saturday 8 May

Irish racing continues on Saturday with fixtures on the flat and over jumps in the afternoon and we’ve looked over the day’s action to pick out our Irish racing tips on Saturday.

There’s more horse racing action taking place in Ireland on Saturday where 16 races unfold across two fixtures, one each on the flat and over the sticks to complement the seven fixtures going to post across the UK making it a busy day for punters.

Saturday’s flat racing action comes from Naas which features Group Three action with the Blue Wind Stakes; while there is jumps racing over the sticks at Cork also taking place in the afternoon.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s cards and picked out our best Irish racing tips on Saturday.


1:35 Naas – Quinns Of Baltinglass & Castletown Press Business Club Handicap (3yo+ 45-75) 5f

HODD’S GIRL was in decent form around the turn of the year on the all-weather, scoring a brace of five furlong wins at Dundalk and Mick Halford’s charge was only narrowly beaten in her hat-trick bid back there in February when denied by a neck behind Ecclesiastical.

The Zebedee filly is only 1lb higher here on her return to turf following three months off the track and if she can carry her progressive all-weather performances back onto grass then she can go close here and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her in the mix.

2:25 Cork – Follow Us On Instagram Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f

BALLYADAM DESTINY produced a career-best effort to get off the mark in a Tramore handicap lat month and Tom O’Brien’s charge looks worth sticking with to follow up here.

The Martaline gelding hadn’t cut much ice over hurdles previously and a couple of prior runs over three miles probably stretched him. However back at this shorter trip he ran out a comfortable winner over Centurion Steel, scoring by 16 lengths and that form took a boost on Friday when the runner-up went one better.

He’s back in novice company now having been hit with a 13lbs rise, but the application of cheekpieces could elicit some further improvement so he could go close in his bid for a second straight victory having appeared to appreciate a more aggressive ride last time.

Irish racing tips on Saturday. Mark Walsh can ride a winner on the card at Cork.

Irish racing tips on Saturday. Mark Walsh can ride a winner on the card at Cork.

2:40 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m2f

Lightly-races SILENCE PLEASE can get back on the winning trail on her latest reappearance and Jessica Harringtons’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack if at her best.

The Gleneagles filly won her first three career starts either side of nine months off, making a winning return last June with victory in a Listed contest at Navan before running creditably here the following month when third to Even So in an Oaks Trial.

She stepped up again to chase home the classy Tiger Moth at Leopardstown in September and a reproduction of that effort would put her firmly in the mix assuming she’d fully tuned up ahead of this latest return from another eight months off.

3:00 Cork – Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

ARCTIC LIGHT is the choice of Mark Walsh from the two JP McManus-owned runners in this field and the decision to partner Thomas Mullins’ charge can reap dividends.

The Iffraaj gelding got back on the winning trail when scoring at Limerick last month and putting to bed a poor run of form that had twice seen him fail to finish.

He had finished a head in front of Added Bonus on that winning run, rallying well under this rider when headed two out for a game victory and a subsequent 6lbs rise shouldn’t prove beyond him given he’s placed of this new rating previously.

Of course he has to back up that better performance with this latest outing but he could be capable of doing so and if he does then there’s no reason why he can’t get involved at the business end of the race.