Monday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Wexford and Galway
Monday Irish racing best bets and tips
Plenty more Irish horse racing awaits punters today with two fixtures heading to post on the flat and over the sticks and our tipping team pick out their Monday Irish racing best bets and tips for both meetings.
Fans of Irish horse racing action have two meetings to look forward to on Monday with racing action both on the flat and over the sticks with another round of fixtures at Galway and Wexford.
Roles are reversed for Monday’s meetings at each track with Wexford now racing over the sticks having held flat racing on Sunday; while Galway switch to their flat track after providing Sunday’s jumping action and 15 races will go to post across both fixtures.
Our tipping team casts their eyes over both of the day’s scheduled meetings where they pick out their Monday Irish racing best bets and tips for the day’s action.
MONDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR WEXFORD & GALWAY
2:10 Galway – KONE Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 1m½f
BIG ISLAND has been in decent form this term, winning at Tipperary in August and bouncing back from a lesser run at Leopardstown to make the frame in his last two starts, finishing third at Listowel and runner-up back at Tipperary when last seen earlier in the month.
John Feane’s charge found only Yafordadoe too good on that latter occasion, beaten little more than one length in similar ground to today’s conditions and his fellow dead-heater won next time out to give the form a boost, while the winner also did little harm to the substance of the form when finishing fourth in a competitive handicap next time out.
He’s up another 1lb in the weights but Dylan McMonagle can ease off 3lbs and was on board for his last success; the pair can team up again here and a return to winning ways would come as no surprise.
2:20 Wexford – Dan & May Arnold Memorial Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m½f
INDIAN ADMIRAL arrives here on the back of a last-time win and the Sepoy gelding can follow up here.
A fair sort for John Lambe, making the frame twice for that handler his form was overall patchy however and he beat only one home on his final run for that handler at Navan prior to joining Henry De Bromhead where he found immediate improvement to run out a ready winner of a Galway handicap hurdle.
He beat Fair Minded by three lengths that day, keeping on well and the lightly-raced sort could easily have more to offer for his top yard now he’s off the mark. An 8lbs rise in the weights will however demand a bit more from him but given he’s low-mileage still and has potential for better he gets the vote.
3:30 Wexford – BetVictor M.W. Hickey Memorial Chase (Listed Race) (5yo+) 2m7f
EKLAT DE RIRE is likely to prove tough to beat on his reappearance and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can give the trainer/jockey combination a double in the race having took the spoils twelve months ago with Minella Indo.
The selection has proven himself a smart performer in a light career thus far, winning two of his three chase starts last term which include a defeat of Escaria Ten at Naas before having a crack at Cheltenham Festival glory where he unseated his rider behind Monkfish in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.
He’s not been seen since but he’s likely to have plenty of scope for improvement and on last season’s fom he should be involved back in Listed class on his return to action where conditions will be no issue and he ought to go close.
4:30 Galway – Galway Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f
ANNER CASTLE found some improvement equipped with cheekpieces for the first time to get off the mark at the Curragh earlier in the month and now switching to handicaps the Fastnet Rock gelding could find some improvement.
Jessica Harrington’s charge had shown some ability in maiden company prior to making that breakthrough where he beat Seattle Creek by a neck and still relatively unexposed after just six starts he could feature off a workable 85 rating on his first foray into a handicap.
He had finished third here previously in softer ground during the Galway Festival in a race which is working out quite well and should give another good account of himself here with the prospect of further improvement possible.