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

Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Tramore

Two more meetings head to post in Ireland on Saturday with jumps racing and action on the flat; we’ve picked out our Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Tramore.

Another two meetings take place in Ireland on Saturday although most of the day’s focus again will centre on Epsom and day two of the Epsom Derby Festival featuring the colts’ Classic. But while the action in Ireland might not be at the same level it is sure to provide plenty of competitive contests on the flat and over the sticks.

The day’s jumps racing comes from the card at Tramore while Listowel are racing on the level and 15 races in all will head to post across both cards. We’ve picked out our Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Tramore on Saturday.


1:35 Tramore – Copper Coast Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m5½f

Point-to-point winner MIS CLOGHER has yet to open her account over hurdles but she has shown some ability in this sphere and the Oscar mare posted a career best effort when upped in trip wearing blinkers for the first time at Ballinrobe last month where she finished fourth to Big Debates.

Shark Hanlon’s charge ran a big race there, still in the mix over the last hurdle but unable to match the front trio as they kicked away from her. However despite being beaten some 12 lengths she finished well ahead of the rest and a repeat of that effort should put her in the mix again.

She returns to maiden company here in a race that doesn’t look particularly strong and if the headgear has a positive effect again then she could hold a big chance of getting off the mark.

2:25 Listowel – Pat Smullen Handicap (3yo+ 50-85) 6½f

ANNA STRADA produced a solid effort when last seen finishing third to White Lavender in a big field maiden at Navan last month and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get off the mark here.

The Havana Gold filly has yet to get her head in front from eight starts but she has run well on occasions and finished third of five runners last term from a mark of 80 so she should be capable of landing a win from this much lower rating.

Softer ground is a slight worry, but she can get competitive with Nathan Crosse taking a further 5lbs off so she can run from a feather weight and can make her presence felt.

Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Tramore. Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners.

Irish racing best bets at Listowel and Tramore. Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners.

2:45 Tramore – Tramore GAA Mares Beginners Chase (5yo+) 1m7½f

LADY BREFFNI won a point-to-point before joining Joseph O’Brien and the Yeats mare showed up well in a number of bumper starts and outings over hurdles for that yard, winning a Downpatrick bumper and finishing runner-up behind the likes of Colreevy and Well Set Up when tried in a Grade Three.

She continued her good work having joined Willie Mullins last term, notching up two more wins at Punchestown and Fairyhouse before a below-par run back at Punchestown in May. However now she tries chasing she could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.

Given too much to do last time behind Koshari – a race which also included Cheltenham Festival winner The Shunter – it is interesting that Mullins sets her on the chasing path over the minimum distance given her hurdles wins have come over much further. She did make the frame over this trip though for Joseph O’Brien.

Assuming the lesser test doesn’t prove an inconvenience she could go well now tackling fences given her background between the flags and she can make a winning switch to the larger obstacles.

3:00 Listowel – Remembering John Kierans Rated Race (3yo) 7f

PROBE has improved for each start, getting off the mark at the third attempt when running out an easy seven lengths’ victor over Draconid at Killarney latest in what was a decent performance by Dermot Weld’s charge.

He hadn’t been beaten far in either previous start but it was a step forward to land a comfortable success and there’s surely better to come from the son of Kingman who has shown soft ground to be no issue.

The bare form of that success might not amount to much, but he did the job in style and only needed pushed out to score with Colin Keane even able to ease him down late. He’s open to further improvement and he ought to prove a tough nut to crack here despite having to give weight away.