Saturday best bets at Fairyhouse – 16 January Irish racing tips
Irish racing best bets at Fairyhouse
With just one meeting taking place in Ireland on Saturay we’ve picked out our best bets at Fairyhouse over the sticks.
Assuming the weather doesn’t intervene then Saturday will play host to Irish horse racing action with a fixture over the sticks at Fairyhouse.
An eight-race card awaits punters headed by the Grade A Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase and we’ve looked through the card to pick out our best bets at Fairyhouse on Saturday.
IRISH RACING TIPS – SATURDAY BEST BETS AT FAIRYHOUSE
1:05 Fairyhouse – Follow Fairyhouse “Racing From Home” Mares Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (5yo+) 2m2½f
MANITOPARK AA was a smart prospect in France, winning five of her six starts in bumpers and better was expected from the Walk In The Park mare when she made her debut for Willie Mullins over hurdles at Navan last month.
On that occasion she could only finish fifth although she was entitled to have needed that run. It was nevertheless a slightly disappointing run given she was sent off at cramped odds; but she ought to be sharper with that outing under her belt.
The experience of that run won’t have been lost on her and a first-time hood could elicit some improvement so she is given another chance for her powerful connections that she can score at the second attempt upped in trip.
2:15 Fairyhouse – Dan & Joan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase (Grade A) (4yo+) 2m1f
CHATHAM STREET LAD is going from strength to strength over fences this term, winning three of his four starts which includes a demolition job over some solid handicappers in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month.
Michael Winters’ Beneficial gelding had previously won in heavy ground over this trip at Cork where he ran out a five lengths’ victor over Off You Go prior to his Cheltenham rout.
That form has been boosted bu the fifth and seventh both winning next time out in Listed and Grade Two contests respectively and he has to be taken seriously here despite another 10lbs hike in the ratings although the excellent Simon Torrens can claim 5lbs so he could still be ahead of the assessor.
The return to this trip is no issue and he looks sure to mount another bold bid in this competitive contest.
2:50 Fairyhouse – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (5yo+) 2m1f
ALFA MIX proved a useful sort over hurdles last term, winning twice and running a good seventh at the Cheltenham Festival in the Coral Cup where he was beaten around seven lengths.
Gavin Cromwell’s charge has set out over fences the last twice where he’s been highly tried behind a couple of smart rivals in Blackbow and Captain Guiness respectively; the latter especially found only one too good in the highly-regarded Energumene last time.
The Fair Mix gelding likely doesn’t face anything of that calibre here and there’s time for him yet to find improvement in this sphere. He should give a good account in this competitive contest and every chance he can go close.
3:25 Fairyhouse – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m5f
KING ALEX has been in excellent form since joining Barry Connell who also owns the Born King gelding, and the seven-year old reeled off a hat-trick earlier in the campaign which included at this venue when beating Millen To One by seven lengths.
He found only one too good on his latest outing at Navan last month, beaten behind Jukebox Jive; but he travelled well into that contest and he perhaps wasn’t helped by a late error at the final flight although he was getting the worst of the argument in any case.
Now heading back over fences here for the first time since finishing sixth at Limerick back in March 2019 assuming he can translate his current good form to the larger obstacles then he could go close here from his low weight.