Saturday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Dundalk and Tramore

Saturday Irish racing best bets at Dundalk and Tramore.Saturday Irish racing best bets at Dundalk and Tramore.

Get our Saturday Irish racing best bets for the day’s fixtures at Dundalk and Tramore.

While some high-class horse racing action goes to post in the UK on Saturday including the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, the day’s Irish horse racing action sees two fixtures on the flat with afternoon all-weather action from Dundalk; while on turf in there evening we pay another visit to Tramore.

15 races in total will go to post across both of Saturday’s racecards in Ireland and we’ve assessed the day’s action to give our Saturday Irish racing best bets as we go in search of more winners.


1:55 Dundalk – Mourne Handicap (3yo+) 6f

PISTOLETTO doesn’t have the best of the draw but Aidan O’Brien’s charge could overcome that negative nonetheless to make a return to winning ways.

The War Front colt has been contesting at a good level without winning and possibly found seven furlongs too much of a test latest at Fairyhouse. He’s back at six furlongs for this outing which sees him make his handicap debut having largely contested Listed and Group races and he might have been underestimated by the assessor.

This is also his first try on an artificial surface but if he handles the polytrack then he could prove well-handicapped from his initial 99 rating and he can make his presence felt.

3:05 Dundalk – Loyalty Club Apprentice Maiden (Div I) (3yo+) 7f

There’s a suspicion that ESHTIYA is better than she’s shown in her two starts to date and Dermot Weld’s charge is taken to improve tackling the all-weather for the first time.

Eighth on her debut over six furlongs at Naas back in March on heavy ground, the Dark Angel filly possibly found her stamina being stretched over one mile next time when returning post-lockdown at Galway back at the beginning of the month.

She beat only three home on that occasion but she could be capable of improvement dropped to seven furlongs and experiencing a less taxing surface. Still relatively unexposed, it is early days for her and while she will need to step up on her two efforts to date it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her do so for top connections.

Dermot Weld can saddle a Saturday winner at Dundalk.

4:15 Dundalk – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Red God” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m2½f

WINNER TAKESITALL wasn’t seen to best effect at Galway last time out, hampered when trying to deliver a challenge and the Nathaniel gelding couldn’t recover. He eventually finished fourth, beaten four lengths behind Rayounpour but Joseph O’Brien’s charge can gain compensation.

A Listowel hurdles winner, he got off the mark on the level with an impressive defeat of Yenillik at Gowran Park on his return from seven months off the track and his performance in that last defeat can be upgraded given he met with trouble and he was caught further back than ideal having missed the break.

Off the same mark here he looks capable of a bold bid and if handling this surface he can go close where there’s a suspicion he has a bigger performance to come here with a decent pace likely to suit him.

6:15 Tramore – Brennan’s Pharmacy Tramore Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f

Quite a few of these have a question to answer so it might be worth chancing the stamina of NEXT IN LINE who arrives chasing a hat-trick of wins but has to prove she gets this considerably longer trip.

The Excelebration filly has yet to race this far, but she has won over ten furlongs at Gowran Park when fitted with blinkers for the first time and she found plenty for pressure that day to score the win. That was also her first handicap start and she followed up in good style at Galway latest, beating Soaring Monarch by just over one length.

That form has taken a couple of knocks, while the handicapper has reacted by raising her 9lbs in the weights so she clearly needs to pull out more here if she’s to bag her three-timer. Unlike her rivals however she arrives in good heart and assuming she sees out the extra yardage here then it would be no surprise to see her going close.