Saturday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Downpatrick and Limerick
Saturday Irish racing best bets
Two more meetings go to post in Ireland on Saturday with action both on the flat and over the sticks and we’ve looked over both racecards to pick out our Saturday Irish racing best bets and tips.
There are two meetings heading to post in Ireland on Saturday with racing action both on the flat and over the sticks in the afternoon.
The day’s jumps racing action sees an eight-race card unfold at Downpatrick while Limerick race on the flat also with eight races on the agenda. We’ve looked over both racecards to pick out our Saturday Irish racing best bets.
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR DOWNPATRICK & LIMERICK
2:05 Downpatrick – Toals Bookmakers Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m1½f
SWEET SIXTEEN has shown some fair form over hurdles, scoring at Tramore two starts ago and the Maxios filly can get back on the scoresheet here.
James Dullea’s charge saw off Match My Fire by a half-length on that occasion, keeping on well, and she ran better than the bare result when last seen finishing fourth at Punchestown where she was beaten around four lengths behind Call Me Dolly.
She’s only 1lb higher here but may benefit from the slightly longer trip on better ground and she can make her presence felt again.
3:00 Limerick – Limerick Racecourse Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 6½f
BABY POWER shaped as if in need of the run on her reappearance from more than six months off at the Curragh earlier in the month and the Frozen Power mare could bounce back.
Garry Caldwell’s charge is a capable sort, winning twice in 2019 and adding to her tally at Fairyhouse last June when beating Powersville by a half-length off this mark although her form since has been a little patchy.
She should strip fitter for that reappearance and it is interesting Colin Keane takes the reins again so presumably connections are hopeful of a better effort and she can make her presence felt here if building on that recent run.
3:50 Downpatrick – Molson Coors Opportunity Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m7½f
ORYX HUSTLER stepped up on previous efforts over hurdles when equipped with blinkers for the first time at Tramore earlier in the month and now turning his attentions to fences the Shirocco gelding could follow up.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge ran out a ready winner over Mis Clogher, scoring by three lengths and the Shirocco gelding could do well over the larger obstacles as he sets out over fences in a weak contest.
His top yard continues in form and Hugh Morgan can take off 2lbs for this outing where he goes up in trip. Now he’s got a win under his belt he could be capable of better and there’d be no surprise to see him in the mix here.
4:10 Limerick – Limerick Racecourse Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 1m3½f
BLACKPOINT hasn’t won since scoring over this course and distance in September, but his most recent efforts suggest he can be competitive and the Kodiac gelding can get back to winning ways.
John Kiely’s charge ran his best race since that victory when finishing around five lengths’ fourth behind Still Standing over course and distance and the sharper test at Fairyhouse was likely against him last time when filling the same spot behind Loingseoir.
He’s since been dropped 1lb and the application of cheekpieces for the first time might see him improve so he may well do better.
4:25 Downpatrick – Laffy Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m7½f
OSCAR THYNE won over hurdles last term at Kilbeggan prior to going chasing where he clashed with Cheltenham Festival winner Monkfish on his chase debut.
Gavin Cromwell’s charge got off the mark over the larger obstacles with a win at Clonmel in April following a break after which he returned to hurdles for recent starts with little success. However back over fences today the Oscar gelding can do better.
He had Mount Melleray behind when scoring by three lengths for his latest win back in April and this 121 rating may not prove insurmountable as he steps into the handicap ranks with further potential unleashed a possibility for the unexposed sort.