Irish racing tips on Saturday – Best bets at Curragh and Listowel

Curragh tips on Tuesday. Best bets for the day's Irish racing on the flat.Curragh tips on Tuesday. Best bets for the day's Irish racing on the flat.

Irish racing tips on Saturday

Irish racing action continues today with two meetings heading to post over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Saturday and best bets at both meetings.

Fans of Irish horse racing have two meetings to puzzle over on Saturday where there is action both on the flat and over the sticks with the continuation of Listowel’s Harvest Festival joined on the agenda by a fixture at the Curragh.

There will be 16 races in all going to post over the two meetings and our tipping team has looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out their Irish racing tips on Saturday and best bets for each fixture.


2:15 Listowel – M.J. Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f

JUNGLE JUNCTION could go off a big price but it may be worth chancing on Jessica Harrington’s charge to get back on the winning trail reverting to hurdles.

The Elusive Pimpernel gelding last ran in this sphere when contesting at the Cheltenham November meeting last year, finishing third in the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle after which he was switched to chasing where he won twice in the spring at Naas and Fairyhouse.

He’s been running well this term over the larger obstacles, twice finishing runner-up to the very useful Druid’s Altar and he returns to hurdles for his handicap debut from a potentially very lenient mark if bringing his chase form back over these obstacles.

With his yard in top form at this meeting over the course of the week he could run a big race and every chance he can make his presence felt here.

2:30 Curragh – Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 1m

SWAN BAY looked a potentially smart prospect when romping to a five lengths’ victory over Anchorage at Galway earlier in the month on just his second career start and Joseph O’Brien’s charge could take the step up in class here in his stride to follow up.

The Australia colt ran out a convincing winner there, travelling well and coming clear in the straight and while that bare form perhaps isn’t the strongest it was hard not to have been impressed with how he went through the race.

Further improvement certainly can’t be ruled out despite him taking a big step up in grade here and he could be one to keep onside.

Irish racing tips on Saturday. Joseph O’Brien can saddle a winner on the card at the Curragh.

2:50 Listowel – Kathleen Walsh Memorial Handicap Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f

ICEE M B A has been in good form over the summer, winning three of her last six starts over hurdles and fences and Michael Hourigan’s charge can strike another win here back from a short break.

The Yeats mare struck over hurdles at Downpatrick back in June and returned to winning ways following an unseat over the smaller obstacles to land a first chase win at Roscommon in August. That was followed up by another success at Ballinrobe back over flights and she might have found a third run in a fortnight just too much when fourth at Sligo last month.

She’s been given a month off since that last run and could well bounce back to winning form here in what looks a weaker race than the one she took in last time out.

3:35 Curragh – GAIN The Advantage Series Nursery Handicap (2yo 45-70) 6f

MAGNIFFICO showed improved form switched to a nursery for his latest run where the Mayson colt found only one too good over course and distance and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can progress again to open his account here.

He had shown some glimpses of ability beforehand but stepped up on those efforts to finish just a half-length off Arch Enemy here last month, hitting the front in the last furlong but unable to hold off the challenge of the winner.

The third horse home in that race has won since and the handicapper reacted to that near miss with a meagre 1lb rise in the weights so he could still be fairly treated here and no surprise if he finds another jolt of improvement to make his presence felt again.