Saturday Irish racing best bets – Expert tips for Navan and Wexford
Saturday’s horse racing in Ireland takes in two fixtures with flat and jumps racing action. We look over the day’s meetings to give our Saturday Irish racing best bets at Navan and Wexford.
A high-class day of horse racing action takes place on Saturday with four meetings across the UK and ITV Racing covering the best of the UK action. Meanwhile in Ireland there are also two fixtures going to post with racing on the flat at Navan where Listed action awaits punters on an eight-race card.
Meanwhile, over the sticks there is also racing from Wexford where seven races will unfold over hurdles and fences where competitive handicap action is the order of the day.
In total 15 races will take place in Ireland on Saturday and we look over the day’s action to reveal our Irish racing best bets at Wexford and Navan.
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – NAVAN & WEXFORD TIPS
2:00 Wexford – Extra Places On The BoyleSports App Mares Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+) 2m4f
LADY ROCCO could take some beating if building on her most recent encouraging runner-up effort at Tramore earlier in the month and Ross O’sullivan’s charge can go one better here.
The Shirocco mare had appeared to need her first couple of spins over timber at Kilbeggan, but she stepped up latest to go down only by three-parts of a length behind Trees Valley when last seen and that form has been franked.
The front two were clear of the rest with the runner-up unable to match the winner late on; but that winner has since bolted up in a handicap to give the form a solid look.
She has placed in bumpers in soft ground previously so these testing conditions ought not to prove a hindrance and if improving again on that most recent run then it would be no surprise to see her in the mix.
3:25 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m
SENSE OF STYLE was far from disgraced on her debut in what has proven to be a very decent contest, finishing sixth, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge stepped up on that experience to go close at Dundalk over seven furlongs next time.
The Zoffany filly was beaten only a short-head on that occasion behind Avagardner, but this further step up in yardage could unlock further improvement with the softer ground not expected to hold any fears and she can progress again.
The first four home from her debut run have all won since, including in Pattern company and with very good claimer Dylan McMonagle taking the reins she looks to hold excellent claims of a first win here with the potential for better to come.
3:40 Wexford – Money Back On The BoyleSports App Chase (4yo+) 2m
This is easier than the last few assignments PALOMA BLUE has taken on and Henry de Bromhead’s Stowaway gelding can get back to winning ways.
Placed in Grade Ones over hurdles, he has shown ability over the larger obstacles and struck a Leopardstown success over fences at during the 2018 Christmas Festival. Although he has yet to add to his tally he has posted some very creditable runs in defeats in testing ground and there wasn’t a lot wrong with his most recent third to Peregrine Run at Kilbeggan in July where he took in a Grade Three contest.
Beaten five lengths that day behind Peregrine Run he will have no issue dropping back to a bare two miles with the softer ground no issue; while the handicapper has eased him 3lbs ahead of this drop in class and if turning out at his best he could prove too good for this field of rivals. He is our Saturday Irish racing best bets NAP of the day.
5:05 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo) 1m5f
DEGRAVES looks to have a stiff task at the weights given he has to carry a penalty here for a Group Three success last term, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge can defy his burden to get back on the winning trail here.
The Camelot colt was progressive last term, scoring here in October before getting the better of Persia at Leopardstown to take the Eyrefield Stakes and he’s run well in defeat on both starts back from nine months off with successive fourth-placed efforts at Leopardstown and the Curragh.
The latter of those saw him beaten only two lengths behind the easy winner Armory in the Royal Whip Stakes; but he could improve faced with this much stiffer test now, while the return to soft ground is a plus given both wins last term came in testing ground.
It will be no easy task giving 3lbs to a field of equally progressive rivals, but proven ability in the ground could prove vital and he can strike here dropping into a Listed contest.