Monday Irish racing tips – Today’s best bets at Naas and Roscommon
More Irish horse racing heads to post on Monday with two scheduled fixtures. We give our Monday Irish racing tips for the day’s meetings at Naas and Roscommon.
Irish racing action continues on Monday with two scheduled afternoon fixtures which sees flat racing taking place at Naas while there is also jumps racing from Roscommon going to post.
In all 15 races will unfold across the day’s fixtures in Ireland and we’ve looked over both cards to deliver our Monday Irish racing tips.
MONDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – NAAS & ROSCOMMON
2:35 Naas – Naas Handicap (3yo+) 6f
SENDMYLOVETOYOU is a lightly-raced sort and still relatively unexposed so Mick Halford’s charge is taken to return to winning ways here.
The Invincible Spirit gelding was a debut winner at the Curragh last August, after which he finished a close fourth back there on his handicap debut where he crossed the line less than one length adrift.
Subsequent runs have been less convincing including over course and distance in March; but he returned following lockdown to post a very creditable runner-up finish back at the Curragh, beaten less than a half-length into the runner-up berth behind Nordic Passage.
That winner has gone in again since, while the third has run well in defeat in the recent Scurry Handicap to boost the form and the selection has only a 2lbs rise to contend with. If he can build on that recent runner-up finish on his return to action then he can get involved here.
3:20 Roscommon – Class Grass Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7½f
WILLIAM OF WYKEHAM produced a career-best effort to strike at Ballinrobe last month and a repeat of that effort might well see the Arcano gelding follow up.
Mark Michael McNiff’s charge hadn’t pulled up any trees in a number of hurdles starts prior to making the breakthrough latest; but he might have needed his previous return to action while the longer trip might have suited him when last seen,
He ran out a comfortable winner the last day, scoring hard-held by the thick end of six lengths and while he’ll need to pull out more returned to a handicap from a much inflated mark he could well have more to offer.
This further step up in trip a potential source of improvement given his breeding suggests he’ll be better for stiffer tests and every chance he can progress again for all this is a deeper race than last time.
3:35 Naas – INPHO Photography Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 6f
Having looked in need of the return here in July, PILLAR has run well on both subsequent outings which includes finishing two lengths’ third over five furlongs here latest behind A Step Too Far and the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding can get back on the scoresheet.
Adrian McGuinness’ charge struck his last win on the all-weather at Dundalk in November over the minimum trip; but he struck over this distance at Fairyhouse last September and he could be set to resume winning ways now he’s slipped in the weights and he can race from 2lbs below his last winning mark.
Also a previous turf winner from this rating earlier in his career, he’s not the most reliable performer; that however is an argument that can be aimed at most of his rivals and if he can replicate that most recent outing then it would be no surprise to see him going close.
4:20 Roscommon – Boyle Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m½f
I’m A Game Changer is the clear form pick, but he’s had a few chances to break his duck over fences and it could be worth taking him on with EMAIL ROSE who shaped well when faced with the larger obstacles over course and distance last month.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge has been lightly-campaigned over hurdles where he took in a couple of stiff assignments; but he made a winning reappearance over course and distance over timber in June, beating Onlyhuman before switching to chasing for his next start.
The Al Namix gelding was beaten just over two lengths behind Make My Heart Fly; but he will have learned plenty following that first experience of chasing and he can build on that outing to do better.
He only has a half-length to find with Gordon Elliott’s reopposing I’m A Game Changer, but he’s taken to find the improvement necessary given he’s much less unexposed as a chaser and with improvement likely in this sphere he can overturn recent placings to strike here.