Monday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Galway & Wexford
We give our Monday Irish racing best bets and tips for each of the day’s fixtures going to post.
There’s plenty of horse racing action in the UK for punters to take in with four meetings; but there’s also supporting cards in Ireland where two fixtures head to post and we’re back at Galway for a fixture on the level as well as Wexford which goes jumping.
We’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Monday Irish racing best bets and tips for Galway and Wexford as we go in search of more winners across the Irish Sea.
MONDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR GALWAY & WEXFORD
1:55 Galway – Kone Handicap (3yo+) 1m½f
TEED UP has proven himself a decent prospect in his five career starts to date and the Gleneagles gelding is yet to finish outside of the first two home where he’s managed to chalk up a brace of wins at Roscommon and over course and distance in similar conditions to these.
Ken Condon’s charge latterly saw off Dance Jupiter by three parts of a length to land the latest of those wins, scoring a shade readily and that runner-up has done no harm to the form with a couple of subsequent placed efforts and a win at Naas more recently.
Latterly beaten just over one length on his hat-trick bid at Tipperary earlier this month where he was run down late by the winner, he has also seen that form largely upheld and from only 1lb higher he can continue to make his presence felt where a return to more testing ground and this course and distance can see him resume winning ways.
2:05 Wexford – Dan & May Arnold Memorial Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m½f
SIRJACK THOMAS is still a maiden over hurdles, but the Fast Company gelding has had just five starts in this sphere having spent most of his racing career contesting on the level where he’s a multiple winner.
Adrian McGuinness’ charge looks worth chancing however having turned in an improved effort over timber when last seen at Punchestown twelve days ago, finishing around six lengths’ fifth behind Wait Here and he could be capable of building on that effort.
He didn’t quite see things out on that occasion but he travelled quite well into the contest before flattening out and there’s a slight suspicion that he perhaps finds his stamina being stretched although the sharp nature of this track may help him get home.
He is a heavy ground winner on the flat and given that recent run was his first over hurdles for some time he might be able to step up here and he appears well treated on his flat rating back in this sphere so every chance he can make his presence felt.
3:40 Galway – Barna Recycling Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 7f
DROMBEG DUKE found a spark of improvement when fitted with cheekpieces for the first time to run out a comfortable winner over reopposing Kudbegood at Gowran Park last Monday and Austin Leahy’s charge can follow up here.
The testing ground might also have been a factor in his improvement where he struck a shade readily in posting a career-best effort, running out a near-three lengths’ victor and he could be capable of defying a 7lbs rise in the ratings if the headgear has a positive effect again.
These underfoot conditions will certainly hold no fears given how he sluiced through the mud for that victory and while the draw might have been kinder he can nevertheless put in a bold bid to strike again.
4:15 Galway – We Are In This Together Galway Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 1m4f
Aidan O’Brien has two in this contest and it might be worth chancing the Ballydoyle second-string in EMERALD GREEN to come out on top having run well latest at Fairyhouse in similar conditions.
The Galileo filly has finished runner-up in two of her last three outings, latterly beaten around two lengths over a trip further than this behind Final Endeavour six days ago; but a drop to this trip may suit and she showed heavy ground on that occasion to be of no concern.
Cast aside by Seamie Heffernan on this occasion, Wayne Lordan is a very able deputy and assuming this run doesn’t come too soon – this will be her third outing in just 11 days – then she could be worth chancing to deliver a big performance stepping back in trip but with conditions very much in her favour judging on that latest run.