Monday tips for Ballinrobe – Best bets at today’s Irish racing fixture
We look over Monday’s sole Irish racing fixture and give our tips for Ballinrobe over the sticks.
While there is UK racing taking place with three meetings, Ireland’s Monday fare sees only one fixture heading to post with a jumps racing meeting taking place at Ballinrobe in the evening.
An eight-race card kicks off from 4.40pm at the County Mayo track which is an all-hurdles affair save for the closing bumper. Our Irish racing tips were in good form last week and we’re hoping for more success on Monday as we reveal our tips for Ballinrobe over the jumps.
MONDAY TIPS FOR BALLINROBE – IRISH RACING BEST BETS
4:40 Ballinrobe – J.J. Burke Car Sales 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle (3yo) 2m½f
CALIDUS MAXIMUS was a flat winner on the all-weather at the beginning of the year and Joseph O’Brien’s charge shaped well switched to hurdles for the first time at Roscommon last Monday where the Hot Streak gelding had a few of these rivals behind him.
He finished fourth on that occasion, beaten almost twenty lengths by an impressive winner; but the experience will have taught him plenty and he can be expected to improve so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him produce a better effort with the quicker ground likely to prove in his favour.
That experience could prove a big advantage in this maiden hurdle where he’s only one of four to have had a prior run and every chance he can build on that first effort to get off the mark at the second attempt.
5:45 Ballinrobe – Yupana Inc California Handicap Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+ 80-95) 2m½f
YEATS ENCORE has shown some improved form since returning from six months off the track, possibly failing to stay the longer trip on her reappearance at Kilbeggan before making the frame in starts here and back at Kilbeggan when last seen out.
The Yeats mare had found only Our Nancy too good over a slightly longer trip than this at this venue last month, and he was only a similar distance behind last time when crossing the line in third behind Caridadi when beaten around four lengths.
She could be worth chancing then given she arrives here in good heart compared to her rivals and if reproducing similar performances to her last couple of runs then she ought to be in the mix.
6:45 Ballinrobe – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m6½f
SILK WORM could be worth chancing to get off the mark over hurdles having ran several decent races in defeat over the smaller obstacles and her experience could prove invaluable.
The Fame And Glory mare was a Tramore bumper winner last October and in five subsequent outings over timber she has made the frame on three occasions including when last seen over this course and distance on her reappearance.
Elizabeth Doyle’s charge was beaten a fair way behind Kilganer Queen on that occasion where she wasn’t helped by some dodgy jumping; but back in maiden company here she can do better and she sets the standard on form although might be vulnerable to one of the hurdling newcomers from the point-to-point sphere.
She looks to hold solid claims though in an ordinary contest and no surprise if she turns in another solid performance.
7:45 Ballinrobe – Burleigh Accountancy Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m1½f
BROGINE has a course win to her name having won here last May after which he followed up with a Limerick success.
The Milan mare has largely campaigned over fences since those two wins and she returned from nine months off the track in that discipline to chase home Gunfire Reef at Tipperary before adding a second consecutive runner-up finish to her recent record at Galway when finding only The Trigger too strong.
That one won over fences on Sunday and a repeat of that last run over this longer trip might be good enough to see her get back on the scoresheet despite a further 2lbs rise in the weights. Cathal Landers’ claim though offsets that burden and with a good record at this track can go well again so no surprise to see him in the mix.