Saturday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Gowran Park and Tipperary
We pick out our Irish racing best bets on Saturday for the meetings at Tipperary and Gowran Park.
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Saturday to complement the day’s UK meetings as well as the start of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival at Longchamp which also kicks off with some classy racing action.
Saturday’s fixtures in Ireland come on the flat at Tipperary and over the sticks at Gowran Park where the Grade Two PWC Champion Chase is the feature race of the afternoon. We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards and pick out Saturday’s Irish racing best bets.
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR GOWRAN PARK AND TIPPERARY
1:15 Tipperary – TipperaryRaces.ie Handicap (3yo+ 70-100) 1m1f
TEED UP is progressing well, winning his last two starts which include in heavy ground at Galway last month and Ken Condon’s charge can continue his upward curve by landing a hat-trick of successes here.
The Gleneagles gelding had previously won at Roscommon on heavy ground, beating Departmentalize by a head and the form of his latest win was done little harm by the runner-up who ran well in defeat next time.
This will be a tougher test now making his handicap debut although he could be fairly weighted off a mark of 86 and for all this is a deeper contest he takes on more exposed rivals and can continue to find improvement so no surprise if he were to strike.
2:25 Tipperary – Coolmore U S Navy Flag Concorde Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 7½f
Group One winner last term and one of the leading juvenile fillies, also finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf, ALBIGNA hasn’t reached that level in three starts this term suggesting she might not have trained on as hoped.
That said, the Zoffany filly found only one too good on her penultimate start at the Curragh in August when beaten just over one length behind Thundering Nights in the Snow Fairy Stakes and she ran better than the bare result when fourth in the recent Irish Champion Stakes.
A return to a softer surface could be in her favour dropping back both in class and trip and Jessica Harrington’s charge is worth giving another chance where she can race unpenalised despite having won a Group One.
2:35 Gowran Park – Gowran Park Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f
ARTHUR’S BABY has been in good heart this term, winning at Cork on debut before finding only one too good just three days on when turned out under a penalty and beaten less than one length.
Mark Michael McNiff’s charge was an early casualty next time at Punchestown but quickly got back on track beating Amor Verdadero at Listowel last month and although she’s been raised 10lbs for that win she can continue to progress and can make her presence felt again.
Still relatively lightly raced over hurdles the Oscar mare represents a yard in good fettle at present and with the scope to do better still she looks worth sticking with to deliver another win.
4:20 Gowran Park – Good Enuf 2 Eat Caterers At Gowran Park Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m
CHERIF DE L’ISLE hasn’t looked the most straightforward of performers but Gordon Elliott’s charge is capable when consenting to put in maximum effort and the Limerick winner hasn’t disgraced himself in three outings this term.
Latterly seen finishing third behind Ellie Mac at Punchestown earlier this month where he sported a first-time visor the Fragrant Mix gelding appeared not to go through with his effort – not for the first time – but ought to continue to remain competitive nonetheless.
He might want softer ground than this given his last win came on heavy ground, but he does handle these conditions and the stiff track might help so he could go well under Jack Kennedy.
4:55 Gowran Park – PWC Champion Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+) 2m4f
This looks a cracking renewal despite the small field but EASY GAME looked a chaser on the up last term and Willie Mullins’ charge can strike here.
The Barastraight gelding was a smart hurdler and saw off the classy Allaho on his chase debut at Leopardstown prior to making Faugheen pull out all the stops in the Flogas Novices’ Chase, beaten just a half length.
Having headed to the Cheltenham Festival he was a faller behind Champ in the RSA Chase although beaten at the time and having probably needed his reappearance at Galway where he was never seriously threatening he built on the run to score impressively at Tramore latest.
That form might not be the best on offer taking on the likes of Arkle Chase winner Put The Kettle On and last time winners The Storyteller and Paloma Blue but he’s still unexposed as a chaser and can continue to progress.