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Monday Ballinrobe best bets – Irish horse racing tips

Monday Ballinrobe best bets and tips

Just one meeting goes to post in Ireland on Monday as a new week of horse racing action gets underway and we’ve picked out our Monday Ballinrobe best bets and tips.

With a new week of horse racing action getting underway across the UK and Ireland there is just one fixture taking place on Monday in Ireland where there is flat racing on the agenda from Ballinrobe.

An eight-race card awaits punters on the level on Monday evening and we’ve looked over all the action in Ireland to pick out our Monday Ballinrobe best bets and tips.


4:40 Ballinrobe – John Madden & Sons Claiming Race (3yo) 1m1½f

MACADAMS ROCK’s recent form figures don’t make for encouraging reading but Ger Lyons’ charge could be worth chancing to bounce back to form.

The lightly-raced Fascinating Rock gelding did finish runner-up on his seasonal return at Limerick in April, finding only Soaring Sky too strong by a half-length on his handicap debut although he’s since failed to build on that effort in two subsequent runs.

To be fair to him he’s taken in a couple of decent handicap contests since and he shaped as if amiss on his last run back at Limerick.

This drop in trip could prove a good move and the handicapper has dropped him 1lb following that last run so if he were to bounce back with the sort of performance he turned in on his seasonal debut then he could go close here for all he likely has a bit to find with the likely favourite from the Jessica Harrington yard.

5:40 Ballinrobe – Treacy’s Pharmacies Handicap (3yo+) 1m1½f

STELLAR SPIRIT has improved his finishing position with each start albeit by one increment each time, but Mick Halford’s charge could be worth chancing to improve now he tackles handicaps and the Charm Spirit gelding could go well.

His latest run saw him finish fourth behind Swiss Swoo on the all-weather at Dundalk and all three of his career runs to date have come on polytrack; however switching to turf he could show some improvement and making his handicap debut here from a potentially lenient mark then he could turn in a better run.

He had a tongue-tie applied now which could help him produce another jolt of progress and the Halford runner could go close here.

Monday Ballinrobe best bets. Mick Halford can saddle a winner on the card.

Monday Ballinrobe best bets. Mick Halford can saddle a winner on the card.

6:40 Ballinrobe – Paddy Smyth Memorial Apprentice Maiden (4yo+) 1m5f

DEWCUP has just three runs on the flat to his name, finishing runner-up on two occasions at Tipperary and Bellewstown but the Finsceal Fior gelding could get off the mark in this sphere.

Ted Walsh’s charge won twice in bumpers before running to a very good standard over timber, winning twice enroute to contesting Graded company where he finished runner-up to Fury Road in a Grade Two at Pinchestown in November last year and crossing the line in fourth behind Ballyadam at Fairyhouse in the Royal Bond Hurdle.

Unsuited by the drop in trip on his return from a break at Gowran Park on the flat in April he contested the Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival when last seen but he could well do better back in this sphere where he goes back up in trip.

His earlier flat form gives him solid claims here and he can get off the mark on the flat now.

7:10 Ballinrobe – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+ 60-90) 1m5f

MERROIR has shown useful form for Joseph O’Brien, winning at Gowran Park in April and making the frame in both starts since.

The Born to Sea filly probably failed to see out an extended two miles at Kilbeggan in May before finding only one too good latest at Down Royal and that form has been boosted since by the fourth winning next time out.

She’s been left alone at the weights following that run and she could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways in this contest where she might benefit from the slightly slower surface than she ran over last time.