Monday Irish racing tips – Bank Holiday best bets at Fairyhouse and Cork
Irish horse racing tips on Easter Monday Bank Holiday
Some top-class horse racing awaits punters in Ireland on Monday with the culmination of the Irish Grand National Festival and we’ve looked over the day’s fixtures to pick out our Monday Irish racing tips over the sticks.
Some high-class jumps racing action goes to post in Ireland on Easter Monday as the bank holiday produces two classy fixtures in Ireland over the sticks. At Fairyhouse it is the final day of the Irish Grand National Festival and the Irish Grand National dominates the card at the Ratoath track which also features a trio of Grade Two contests.
Meanwhile there is also jumps racing at Cork with a mixed jumps and hunter chase card and eight races in all will go to post at that fixture bringing Monday’s Irish racing count to 15 races.
The best of the Fairyhouse action will be featured on the day’s ITV Racing broadcast and we’ve looked over both of the bank holiday fixtures to pick out our Monday Irish racing tips over the sticks.
MONDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT FAIRYHOUSE AND CORK ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
2:25 Cork – Thanks To The Frontline Workers Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
QUARRY LIL has been in good form this term, winning three times including her last two starts at Clonmel and Paul O’Flynn’s charge can land her hat-trick here.
The Jeremy mare appeared to win a shade readily latest when beating Irregularheartbeat by four lengths, making all the running and winning unchallenged under a good ride by his jockey.
This will be tougher test having been hit with a 10lbs rise in the weights for that victory, but she could have more to offer and the drying ground here is unlikely to present an issue having won on good ground in the past.
If there’s a concern about her chances it is that she’s failed to run her race here in the past and most of her winning has been done at Clonmel; but given her current good spell of form she could be worth sticking with here.
3:15 Fairyhouse – Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 0-140) 2m6f
CAPILANO BRIDGE arrives here in good fettle, winning two of his last four starts at Thurles and Naas respectively and most recently finding only Velvet Elvis too strong back at Thurles latest.
Conor O’Dwyer’s Stowaway gelding had beaten Aarons Day by four lengths on his previous start, travelling well and while he made a couple of late mistakes he won readily in the end. He was no match for the winner when last seen but he beat a couple of useful sorts and the form looks useful.
This longer trip could unlock some further improvement and the better ground here is unlikely to faze him; while a 2lbs rise in the weights likely remains workable and he should continue to remain competitive so it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him in the mix again.
3:50 Fairyhouse – Underwriting Exchange Hurdle (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m4f
BEACON EDGE possibly just found the test of the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival stretching his stamina, but he had travelled well for a long way in the race and Noel Meade’s charge can get back on the winning trail if this doesn’t come too soon.
The Doyen gelding won twice back in October over the smaller obstacles before stepping into a Grade One to contest the Morgiana Hurdle where he was beaten less than one length by Honeysuckle.
Forgiven his next run behind Bachasson in the Limestone Lad Hurdle over a trip that was patently too sharp, he ground down Fury Road next time to win the Boyne Hurdle ahead of his Cheltenham Festival appearance and he’ll appreciate the return to this intermediate trip where he could bounce back.
Better ground is no issue and while he was beaten last time he did run really well to finish fourth behind Flooring Porter. He has to give away weight to this field of rivals but he could prove equal to the task and he’s the one they have to beat in this Grade Two contest.
4:40 Cork – Jack Tyner Memorial Hunters’ Chase (5yo+) 2m4f
SOLOMN GRUNDY showed plenty of useful form for both Neil Mulholland and Henry De Bromhead earlier in his career and the Westerner gelding could take plenty of beating here.
2-2 in points for Sean Doyle he’s maintained a good level of form competing under Rules in hunter chases, twice bumping into the smart Billaway before registering a brace of wins at Gowran Park and Fairyhouse the last twice.
He only had a neck to spare last time when beating Stand Up And Fight, but he was getting the better of that argument when bumped by his rival and that possibly cost him a bigger margin; the pair though were well clear and he can follow up here to land his hat-trick assuming the run doesn’t come too quickly for him.
That latest Fairyhouse run came just two days ago, but he could quickly follow up and this shorter trip is no problem so a big run is expected if turning out.
5:00 Fairyhouse – BoyleSports Irish Grand National Chase (Extended Handicap Chase) (Grade A) (5yo+) 3m5f
Progressive chaser COKO BEACH is taken to improve again for this longer trip and Denise Foster’s charge can strike a third successive win having already registered wins this term at Gowran Park and Navan the last twice.
Aside from a last-of-four effort behind Envoi Allen in the Grade One Drinmore Novices’ Chase the Cokoriko gelding is yet to finish out of the frame in six starts over the larger obstacles and he latterly won a shade readily over reopposing Espanitio Bello at Navan in February when taking the Ten Up Chase from this rating although he’ll do well to defy his mark back in a handicap despite being open to further improvement.
It is perhaps no surprise then that trainer ‘Sneezy’ Foster has employed the services of top conditional Jordan Gainford for this assignment with the rider excellent value for his 7lbs claim and already a big-race winner at the Cheltenham Festival so this test will hold no fears for the up-and-coming jockey who is destined for big things.
He has a very willing partner who should continue to improve and the longer trip and drying ground both look positives towards delivering another jolt of improvement so it would be no surprise to see him posting a big effort in this competitive contest.