Irish racing tips on Thursday – Best bets at Sligo and Leopardstown

Irish racing tips on Thursday. Best bets at Leopardstown and Sligo.Irish racing tips on Thursday. Best bets at Leopardstown and Sligo.

Irish racing tips on Thursday

Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Thursday with action both on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Thursday at both fixtures.

There are two fixtures heading to post in Ireland on Thursday where there is action both on the flat and over the sticks for punters to unravel with 15 races in all taking place.

Both fixtures form part of Wednesday’s evening programme, getting underway in the late-afternoon and finishing in the evening and there is Pattern racing on the agenda at Leopardstown on the flat where the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes is the main event of the day.

Meanwhile the Thursday jumps racing action in Ireland comes from the card at Sligo and we’ve looked over both fixtures to pick out our Irish racing tips on Thursday and best bets at both fixtures.

IRISH RACING TIPS ON THURSDAY – BEST BETS AT SLIGO & LEOPARDSTOWN

4:45 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (2yo) 1m


CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD shaped with promise amid inexperience on his debut over this course and distance two weeks ago and with that under his belt better can be expected from Aidan O’Brien’s charge who should improve for the outing.

The Galileo colt was well backed on that occasion to make a winning debut but could only finish fourth, held back by greenness but catching the eye finishing off the race well.

That form took a small boost when the third horse subsequently finished runner-up at the Galway Festival and there could be more to come from him now he’s had a run and he can improve to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Irish racing tips on Thursday. Aidan O'Brien can saddle a winner on the Leopardstown card.

Irish racing tips on Thursday. Aidan O’Brien can saddle a winner on the Leopardstown card.

5:00 Sligo – Foley’s Bar & Off Licence Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m2f


FERDIA is one of three runners in the race for trainer John Ryan and thye Dylan Thimas gelding is the least exposed of the trio and worth siding with here to get back to winning ways.

He’s already a dual-winner from just four starts, scoring victories at Ballinrobe and Tramore in recent weeks and he ran better than the bare result behind the smart Annie G in a Listed contest at Galway late last month during the Festival.

He had looked a progressive sort prior to that run and could benefit from a return to calmer waters where he can resume his race-by-race improvement and get back on the mark with his rider taking off a handy 7lbs.

6:55 Leopardstown – Awards & Gifts Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-70) 1m1f


CLIFFTOP has been in good form recently, winning over this course and distance in July and almost following up two days later when denied by a nose behind Clueless Hill at Navan on his last flat start and the Canford Cliffs gelding can resume winning ways here.

He was turned out quickly again following that near-miss on the flat, finishing third over hurdles at Downpatrick and having been given a breather ahead of his return to the level he could go well here despite a higher mark back on the flat.

This does look competitive for the grade but likely to still be in form he can post a big effort here and no surprise if he were to go close again.

7:10 Sligo – Lough Gill Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f


THOUSAND TEARS hasn’t been the most consistent through his career but the Recital gelding is capable on a going day and he got back on the scoresheet when last seen at Killarney last month when beating Whatucallher by two lengths.

John Burke’s charge had shaped well the time before on his return from almost ten months off and he could still have more to offer despite a 6lbs rise in the weights although his rider can use his full claim here to help offset some of the burden.

He did appear to win a shade readily latest and unlike most of his rivals he arrives in form so he could be the way to go here.