Monday tips for the Curragh – Irish horse racing best bets
With just one fixture going to post in Ireland today we give our Monday tips for the Curragh and our best bets on the card.
Four meetings head to post across the UK on Monday but only one fixture takes place in Ireland with the Curragh hosting an eight-race card featuring some competitive handicap horse racing action.
Getting underway from 12.30pm we’ve looked through the day’s card in Ireland where we give our Monday tips for the Curragh and our best bets on the card.
MONDAY TIPS FOR THE CURRAGH – IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS
1:00 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f
BASEMAN shaped really nicely on his debut at Tipperary back in September, finding only Toshizou too strong by a head. That one had had the benefit of prior experience however so it was a good effort to only be beaten narrowly with the front two pulling a couple of lengths clear.
That race has thrown up a couple of subsequent winners and the Kingman colt is expected to progress on the back of that first outing which will have sharpened him up and taught him plenty about the game.
It would be no surprise then to see Dermot Weld’s charge firmly in the mix assuming the more testing ground doesn’t present a problem and he can go one better here.
2:05 Curragh – A Taste Of Kildare At Christmas Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 7f
BORN INVINCIBLE is still relatively lightly-raced and the Born To Sea filly has largely acquitted herself well this term, winning at Limerick in the mud and latterly finishing a close third behind Sagittarius Rising at Fairyhouse last month.
It is slightly concerning that Gerard O’Leary’s charge hasn’t turned in her best efforts when racing at this venue and she’s failed to trouble the judge in three appearances here with her latest seeing her finishing around six lengths’ seventh behind Tyrion’s Dream.
However, she remains one who could have more to offer given she’s only raced ten times in her career and she handles these conditions well so she can go close if replicating her most recent outing in an open-looking contest.
4:20 Curragh – GAIN Equine Nutrition Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 5f
TEDDY BOY won for this column eleven days ago when going in at Navan and it might be worth sticking with the Dandy Man gelding to follow up.
Ed Lynam’s charge has proven himself to be a highly consistent performer of late where he has finished fourth or better in all but two of his 12 starts to date and he wasn’t winning out of turn when posting his success last term where he wore cheekpieces for the first time.
He ran out a neck winner that day, appearing to score a shade cosily despite the narrow margin and he can follow up here from 3lbs higher with the headgear retained. Assuming the cheekpieces have a positive effect again then he can give another good account for his in-form yard and no surprise to see him in teh mix once more.