Saturday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Leopardstown and Galway
We give our Saturday Irish racing best bets for the day’s fixtures at Leopardstown and Galway.
While plenty of top-class horse goes to post in the UK with Doncaster and Cheltenham on the agenda, Saturday’s fixture list also includes a pair of meetings in Ireland where there is action on the flat at Leopardstown, while Galway are racing over the sticks.
14 races will unfold across both of the day’s meetings in Ireland and following on from another couple of winners on Friday we’ve looked through both of the day’s racecards where we pick out our Saturday Irish racing best bets and tips for Leopardstown and Galway.
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR LEOPARDSTOWN & GALWAY
2:29 Leopardstown – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f
BONDI DREAMS has been running better than her bare form figures suggest in a trio of maiden contests and it may be worth chancing Jessica Harrington’s charge to take a forward step now she tries handicapping.
The Footstepsinthesand filly turned in arguably her best performance when finishing fifth on soft ground at Navan back in August in a race that has thrown up a few winners since and she also had a subsequent winner behind her in her latest outing at Gowran Park last month.
An initial mark of 74 may well underestimate her potential for improvement and she can make her presence felt here back on a softer surface with the drop to seven furlongs unlikely to prove a concern.
2:47 Galway – SANSERV Rated Novice Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
Quite a few of these haven’t convinced with their jumping in recent starts but have still managed to register wins and it is a comment that applies to CHATHAM STREET LAD who belted a few on his way round at Ballinrobe earlier in the month on his seasonal return.
Those mistakes may have been down to rustiness and the Beneficial gelding could progress on the back of that reappearance effort to do better this time in the jumping department where he can follow up that success.
A dual-hurdles winner who handles soft ground well, he is unexposed as a chaser having had just four starts in this sphere and he won easily last time out despite his errors. The third home has done little harm to the form and he is taken to progress on the back of his first run of the season to double up.
3:57 Galway – W.B. Gavin & Co. Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m5f
Veteran WESTERNER POINT returns to hurdles following a very good third in the recent Munster National and the Westerner gelding could be worth chancing to get back on the mark here.
Eoin O’Grady’s charge has proven very capable in both disciplines where he’s a multiple chase winner and also a winner over hurdles with his latest coming at Clonmel over three miles last November where he beat Mary Frances by one length.
His two runs this term have both been over fences, finishing fourth on his return prior to that success latest and he goes back over the smaller obstacles here from an attractive mark. He’s proven himself capable off this rating and soft ground is no issue while the drop in trip should also not inconvenience and it would be no surprise to see him deliver a big run here.
4:14 Leopardstown – Trigo Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m2f
HELVIC DREAM handles soft ground really well, winning twice last term at Roscommon in testing conditions and Noel Meade’s charge has carried on the good work this campaign where he’s been a largely consistent performer.
The Power gelding got off the mark for the season with an impressive defeat latest of Up Helly Aa at the Curragh in the Group Three International Stakes where he ran out an easy seven lengths’ winner and there might be better still to come from him over this longer trip.
Third in a big field handicap at the Curragh the time before on his first attempt at this ten furlongs – he had run over further previously – he stepped up to strike latest and a similar performance here with conditions again ideal are likely to see him firmly in the mix.