Irish racing tips on Wednesday – Best bets at Punchestown and Cork
Wednesday’s Irish horse racing action sees two fixtures taking place and we give our Irish racing tips on Wednesday for the cards at Punchestown and Cork.
While much of Wednesday’s focus will be on the Doncaster St Leger Festival which gets underway, there is plenty of Irish racing action for punters to look forward to with an afternoon jumps racing card at Punchestown, while on the flat there is a fixture at Cork.
There is Listed and Premier Handicap action on the card at the latter, and we look over the day’s fixtures in Ireland to give our Irish racing tips on Wednesday with our top selections from both meetings.
IRISH RACING TIPS ON WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER – PUNCHESTOWN & CORK BEST BETS
1:45 Punchestown – Irish Daily Mirror Mares Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
GETAWAY GORGEOUS has yet to finish out of the first two and has posted two wins from his eight starts, scoring in a bumper at Tramore and then getting off the mark over hurdles when successful at Wexford in March.
Willie Mullins’ Getaway mare returned from more than four months off the track following lockdown to chase home The Very Man at Galway in a Listed contest during the Galway Festival, beaten three lengths. That form has been boosted since by the third winning next time out.
She didn’t help her chances by refusing to settle, but that run will have sharpened her up and she can continue to give a good account here if that last run has helped to calm her down where she remains with scope for better still to come.
2:45 Punchestown – Baltreacy Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-109) 2m4½f
COMPORTA has finished runner-up behind both Twilight Girl and Luis Van Zant in recent runs over hurdles, but John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s charge meets both those rivals on better terms at the weights and the Iffraaj gelding can get off the mark.
Beaten four lengths and three lengths respectively, he has improved for the longer trip and he showed up well when turned out on the flat at Tramore latest where he finished fourth to Bright Flame.
Only 2lbs higher here following his latest silver medal finish he ought to continue to feature at the business end and no surprise if he makes his presence felt here.
4:30 Cork – Thanks To All The Frontline Workers From Cork Racecourse Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m
NAWAFETH was clearly thought capable of winning on her debut given he was sent off 8/15 but Kevin Prendergast’s charge ran as if he needed the experience and failed to justify such cramped odds by only finishing fourth behind Eden Quay.
The The Factor filly could prove a different proposition now with that outing under her belt and the form of that debut run looks fair given the winner has since tried his luck in Group Three company, while two subsequent winners have also come out of the contest.
She could be worth chancing again given the level of support she attracted last time and while she failed to collect she can build on the experience to go well in what looks a trappy contest.
6:30 Cork – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Tetrarch Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo) 7f
It might be worth giving another chance to FREE SOLO who ran as if amiss when failing to beat a rival home in the Irish 2000 Guineas and Jessica Harrington’s charge reportedly made choked during the race so the performance is perhaps best ignored.
The Showcasing colt had looked a smart prospect in his two starts as a juvenile, finishing third to Year Of The Tiger on debut and then stepping up on that experience to get off the mark next time out at Leopardstown with a defeat of Cabot Hills.
He won by five lengths that day, making all to score easily and the fourth has since won a Group Three this season. Now returning from a further break he could leave that 2000 Guineas performance behind him here assuming he’s over whatever ailed him at the Curragh and he could yet prove himself to be a potentially decent sort with a bounce-back effort.