Monday’s Irish racing tips – Listowel and Fairyhouse best bets
We look over the Monday horse racing action in Ireland and pick out Monday’s Irish racing tips for Listowel and Fairyhouse.
In addition to Monday’s quartet of fixtures in the UK there are also two meetings heading to post in Ireland with afternoon racing on the flat from Fairyhouse where the Listed Blenheim Stakes takes centre stage.
Meanwhile over the sticks there is also a fixture at Listowel which features some competitive handicap hurdle action. In all, 16 races will unfold across the afternoon and we pick out Monday’s Irish racing tips for the day’s meetings.
MONDAY’S IRISH RACING TIPS 21 SEPTEMBER – LISTOWEL & FAIRYHOUSE BEST BETS
2:40 Listowel – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m
It could be worth giving HELIERS BAY another chance back on better ground and dropping back to the bare two miles.
Jessica Harrington’s charge had returned from eight months off the track with a win at Ballinrobe in August over this trip on good ground, but the longer trip and softer conditions might have caught out the Flemensfirth mare latest when finishing eighth behind Ciankyle.
She had run better than the bare result, making a mistake three out when getting into contention and that may just have taken the wind from her sails and she faded. But she can quickly bounce back returned to more favourable conditions here and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her posting a better effort.
3:10 Listowel – Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade B) (4yo) 2m
YAFORDADOE is progressing well this term and arrives on a hat-trick of wins having already struck gold in recent starts at Cork and Ballinrobe either side of a couple of spins on the flat.
Gavn Cromwell’s charge latterly ran out a twelve lengths’ winner over Swelltime last month, easily, and there surely better to come from him despite taking a rise in class ahead of this outing where the handicapper certainly hasn’t missed him with a huge rise up the ratings.
He has to improve as a result, but on the evidence of his latest win he’s clearly going the right way and he was value for his success so every chance the Zebedee gelding hasn’t reached the end of his progression just yet.
While this is clearly a tougher ask, he could be worth chancing to make his presence felt.
3:50 Fairyhouse – Fairyhouse Apprentice Handicap (3yo+ 45-75) 7f
PIXEL POWER can quickly bounce back to form returning to this trip on better ground and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get back to winning ways.
The Dream Ahead filly showed improved form when tried over this trip on good ground at Leopardstown last month where she was equipped with cheekpieces, winning by a head over Divine Celt; she subsequently failed to fire under a penalty three days later but the run might have come too soon on conditions and a trip that probably weren’t ideal.
She has more in her favour this time and she’s been given more of a breather between runs. She looks handicapped to run well back on her old mark and every chance she can collect this prize.
4:45 Listowel – Listowel Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m4f
APRILS JOY won over hurdles and on the flat earlier in the campaign and the Ask mare is taken to open her account over fences at the third attempt with Gavin Cromwell’s charge having shown up well on both her outings in this discipline.
Third on her chase debut at Kilbeggan in July where she suffered a slipped saddle mid-race, she was still travelling well when being brought down at Sligo latest and if none the worse for that mishap she can quickly bounce back.
It was too soon in the race to say whether she would have won that race but she remains open to improvement as a chaser and is worth another chance given she remains with potential for better in this sphere granted some better luck.
4:55 Fairyhouse – Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f
SHALAALAA won over course and distance on his debut back in June, beating Twilight Heir by a short-head after which Ger Lyons thrust his charge into a Group Three contest at Cork where he failed to fire in trailing home last of four runners behind Minaun in the Marble Hill Stakes.
Despite that disappointing effort he could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back having been gelded in the wake of that run and the switch to handicapping where he’s been allocated a mark of 86 could see him in a better light with this rating looking workable.
He’s bred to be useful and while this is his first outing back following a break he can quickly get back on track with a better effort.