Irish racing tips on Sunday – Best bets at Curragh and Tipperary

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Irish racing tips on Sunday 18 July

Two meetings head to post on the flat and over the jumps on Sunday in Ireland and we’ve looked over both fixtures taking place to pick out our Irish racing tips and best bets.

Sunday’s Irish racing fixture list takes in two meetings on the flat and over the sticks with 16 races in all taking place including Group Two action on the flat at the Curragh as the Irish Oaks weekend continues with the Minstrel Stakes and the Kilboy Estate Stakes both on the agenda at the premier Irish track.

Elsewhere there is jumps racing going to post at Tipperary and we’ve looked over both of the day’s cards to pick out our Irish racing tips on Sunday and best bets for the day.


1:50 Tipperary – Tipperary Racecourse Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m½f

FUSAIN showed some fair form over hurdles during the 2019/20 campaign, finishing fifth in a good contest at Leopardstown over Christmas before getting off the mark with victory at Kilbeggan in September.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge has since run better than the bare result both times at Punchestown and he’s taken a shine to chasing judging on his two starts in that sphere this term.

Seventh to Ya Boy Ya on his return/chase debut at Kilbeggan he might have been stretched by the trip on that occasion although might also have needed the run; he stepped up on that to finish third latest at Wexford behind Raya Time and he’s likely to have further improvement to come.

That was a pretty decent race however and there’s likely nothing of the calibre of horse he finished behind in this line-up so he could do better this time and he can get off the mark over fences at the third attempt.

Irish racing tips on Sunday. Henry de Bromhead can get amongst the Tipperary winners.

Irish racing tips on Sunday. Henry de Bromhead can get amongst the Tipperary winners.

2:10 Curragh – Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+) 7f

ORDER OF AUSRALIA won three times last term including the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland when beating stablemate Circus Maximus and the Australia colt lost no caste in defeat subsequently in the Hong Kong Vase where he finished sixth to Golden Sixty.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge may have needed the run when only eighth to Palace Pier in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot but he’s likely to be sharper with that under his belt and taking a drop in class into a Group Two contest he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

This doesn’t look the strongest of line-ups to contest a Group Two and while this sharper trip dropping to seven furlong might not be entirely ideal he can prove too good for this line-up.

3:20 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m

FLAGGED could have more to offer and the Starspangledbanner filly looks a progressive sort who can resume winning ways here.

Ger Lyons’ charge won at the second time of asking when successful at Limerick in April and she’s since made the frame in starts at Killarney and Leopardstown, latterly beaten just over one length by Sweet Molly Malone.

She’s been raised 2lbs in the handicap for that performance but there’s likely better to come from her and she can improve again for her in-form yard to get back on the scoresheet here.

3:55 Curragh – Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+) 1m1f

It might be worth chancing INSINUENDO to get back to winning ways and the Gleneagles filly comes into this contest with solid claims having won a Group Three at Naas two runs ago and latterly finishing fourth in the Pretty Polly Stakes when last seen.

Bill McCreery’s charge was beaten around three lengths on that occasion behind Thundering Nights, not seen to best effect having been held up off the pace and racing keenly. She ran on well without threatening the leaders and the form was boosted when runner-up Santa Barbara won the Belmont Oaks on her next start.

This slight drop in trip shouldn’t present too much of an issue and she eases from a Group One into Group Two company so ought to be competitive in a race that doesn’t look particularly strong for the grade.

4:40 Tipperary – Tipperary Town Plate Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m3f

YA BOY YA could have more to come over fences and the Sans Frontieres gelding is taken to get back to winning ways here.

Colin Bowe’s charge is already a winner in bumpers over hurdles and latterly over fences when beating One Down at Kilbeggan in June prior to finishing a solid fourth at Wexford latest behind Cavalry Master.

The form of his Kilbeggan run might be boosted earlier in the card but he turned in a decent performance when last seen, beaten just over four lengths into fourth where he wasn’t helped by a few late errors. That form has been boosted since though with the winner going in again next time, while the runner-up also filled the same spot on his next start behind Gin On Lime.

Now trying handicapping from what may be a workable mark he can post a big performance here and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.