Irish racing tips on Thursday – Best bets at Killarney and Leopardstown
Irish racing tips on Thursday
There is more Irish horse racing action to come on Thursday with fixtures over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Thursday and best bets at both fixtures.
We have two more Irish racing cards to get stuck into on Thursday where there is more action going to post both on the flat and over the sticks.
The day’s jumps racing sees Killarney switch from the flat to jumps for day four of their July Festival; while Leopardstown are racing on the flat with a car which includes Group Three action.
In all there will be 16 races taking place across both cards and we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Irish racing tips on Thursday and best bets.
IRISH RACING TIPS ON THURSDAY – BEST BETS AT KILLARNEY & LEOPARDSTOWN
2:45 Killarney – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f
WESTERN COWBOY looks a progressive sort over hurdles, twice finishing runner-up on his first two starts before getting off the mark at Limerick in May with a defeat of Mars Harper where the Westerner gelding struck by two lengths.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge won a shade comfortably that day and the runner-up has since boosted the form so there could be better to come from him here as he makes his handicap debut where a 112 rating looks workable.
He steps up in distance here which is likely to prove a positive and can be a catalyst for improvement and no surprise to see him going close in this contest.
3:15 Killarney – Dawn Hi + Lo Handicap Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+ 80-95) 2m4f
NEWTOWN PERY stepped up on her efforts in maiden company to turn in a more accomplished performance on her handicap debut at Downpatrick last month and the Yeats mare can build on that effort to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking.
Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten six lengths into third on that occasion behind Arizona Flyer, not helped by making a mistake two out when moving into contention and the error perhaps cost her ans she was travelling quite well up until then but quickly came under pressure.
There was enough to glean from that performance that she’s up to winning races and likely to have further improvement to come she looks worth chancing here from what likely remains a fair mark.
4:15 Killarney – Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1f
Useful flat performer CURIOUS BRIDE can bounce back to winning ways over hurdles and Noel Meade’s charge has shown ability in this sphere in her four runs to date.
The Excelebration filly stepped up on a promising debut over timber when finishing second at Cork to get off the mark at Punchestown next time, beating Palm Beach although she subsequently cut little ice when tried in Listed company at Navan in February although she possibly found that trip stretching her.
She was thought good enough to have a crack at the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival where she was out of her depth in beating only two home behind Jeff Kidder and she’ll surely appreciate a return to much calmer waters here.
Given how quickly she folded at Cheltenham there’s a possibility she was amiss and her subsequent four months absence could be a consequence; but she is a lightly raced sort who could have more to offer and this easier grade can see her bounce back.
4:30 Leopardstown – Goatstown Handicap (3yo) 7f
DIXIE BLUEBELL won for this column eight days ago and the Fracas filly can follow up here with another victory.
Jim Bolger’s charge had been running well in defeat, twice finishing in the frame in maiden company earlier in the campaign before stepping into handicap company for the first time to chase home the useful yardstick Ice Cold In Alex at the Curragh.
However she went one better at Fairyhouse latest when beating Offiah by three-parts of a length back in maiden company and she could be fairly weighted here returning to the handicap ranks now where she can confirm the form with reopposing Jeroboam who is 2lbs worse off on these terms.
She did meet with some trouble in running before getting her head in front latest and there’d be no surprise in seeing her strike again with improvement likely.
6:00 Leopardstown – Green Room Meld Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m1f
A chance is taken with SINAWANN who was a Group Three winner over this course last July when taking the Amethyst Stakes and Mick Halford’s charge subsequently performed well in defeat in stronger races, perhaps not seeing out ten furlongs at the Curragh before going down only by a short-head to Safe Voyage back here in the Group Two Boomerang Mile on his final start of the season.
The Kingman colt hasn’t managed to run up to that level in his two starts this term in Listed company, finishing third here on his seasonal bow before crossing the line in fourth at the Curragh; but a return to this venue and slight step up in trip could unlock some improvement and he’s capable of playing a part in the finish here if finding his best form.
He’s yet to finish out of the frame in four starts at this track and with the likely strong pace expected to suit then every chance he can make his presence felt here.