Monday Irish racing best bets – Irish racing tips at Sligo and Tipperary

Monday’s horse racing in Ireland takes in two meetings at Sligo and Tipperary; we look over both and give our Monday Irish racing best bets for the action.

The Irish horse racing action continues on Monday with another two meetings going to post in support of the day’s UK racing and the day’s fixtures come from Sligo over the sticks in the afternoon; while Tipperary are racing on the flat.

We’ve looked over both of the Monday racecards and pick out our Monday Irish racing best bets for the day’s Irish racing.


1:40 Sligo – Leo McMorrow Memorial Novice Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f

DOLLAR VALUE made a pleasing winning debut over fences at Downpatrick last month and Tom McCourt’s charge is taken to build on that experience of the larger obstacles where he can follow up.

The Exchange Rate gelding was value for the two lengths’ victory he posted on that occasion, travelling and jumping well and scoring readily. That form looks fair and he’s a previous course winner having struck here over hurdles in the past.

Switching to the handicap ranks immediately following his chase debut success he can go well again in his bid to follow up with Conor McNamara’s 5lbs claim a positive.

2:45 Sligo – Brenda Anderson Memorial Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m4f

It might be worth chancing GOLDEN NOMAD to make a breakthrough win on his first attempt over fences and Gordon Elliott’s charge can go well in what looks a relatively ordinary contest.

The Gold Well gelding has some fair form over hurdles to his name, including finishing runner-up two starts ago at Downpatrick although he was disappointing back there last time. However, the switch to chasing could well improve him given his point-to-point background where he boasts a win in that sphere for Colin Bowe for whom he was a dual-winner between the flags.

He wouldn’t have to improve too much on his hurdles form to be a major player now tackling fences and the application of blinkers could yield another jolt of improvement. Interestingly, Elliott has booked Robbie Power for this assignment and the pair can combine to strike at the first time of asking over the larger obstacles.

Trainer Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner at Sligo on Monday.

4:00 Tipperary – Junction Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 7½f

ROTOKURA hadn’t shown a great deal in a handful of starts over varied trips and ground conditions until fitted with cheekpieces for his latest run and the headgear seemed to have a positive effect with the Cable Bay gelding producing a better effort in finishing just a half-length third behind Petticoat Rule at Cork earlier in the month.

Always prominent he kept on well once headed having taken a narrow lead on the run to the two furlong pole and while he couldn’t quite match the winner’s effort he showed more than had been the case previously.

Denis Hogan’s charge has to back up that performance and faces softer ground than it was last time; while the headgear has to have the same positive effect as it did in that last run. If the cheekpieces work again however he could be capable of getting off the mark here where he can run from the same mark.

5:00 Tresorier – Ballykisteen Handicap (4yo+) 7½f

TRESORIER hasn’t quite managed to capture the level of form he had shown in France since joining John Feane, but the Dunkerque gelding has been in good form of late and got back to winning ways with success at the Curragh last month, beating Beckwith Place by a head.

He showed resilience in that outing to hold off the runner-up and third who were both closing and the form took a small boost when the fourth horse home subsequently found only one too good at Navan earlier this month.

He has placed over this longer trip in the past, while the underfoot conditions are of no concern so he could continue to give a good account and remain in form from just 2lbs higher in the weights. Gavin Ryan continues to claim 3lbs however which is a bonus and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him in the mix again.