Saturday Irish racing best bets – Today’s tips at Naas and Bellewstown
Irish racing best bets at Naas and Bellewstown
Two more meetings head to post in Ireland on Saturday where there is action both on the flat and over jumps. We’ve picked out our Irish racing best bets and tips on Saturday for Naas and Bellewstown.
More Irish horse racing action comes to us on Saturday with another round of fixtures which sees racing action both on the flat and over jumps.
The Saturday flat racing action comes from Naas in the afternoon, while in the evening there is jumps racing from Bellewstown and we’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out our Saturday Irish racing best bets.
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TODAY’S TIPS AT NAAS & BELLEWSTOWN
3:40 Naas – Naas Nursery Of Champions Race (3yo) 7f
ACANELLA made a good debut impression when getting off the mark at the first attempt at Leopardstown in May, beating Climate by two lengths; Ger Lyons’ charge was subsequently thrust into a Group Three back at that venue where she struggled to get competitive and finished eighth behind Joan Of Arc in the Irish 1000 Guineas Trial race.
That was a disappointing run, finding little when asked for effort but she’s surely capable of better than then showed on that occasion although the winner has proven very smart with a subsequent Group One win in France having been denied a short-head in the Irish 1000 Guineas proper.
A tongue-tie is now applied which may help bring out some progress and it is too early to write her off so could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back here.
4:15 Naas – Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap (3yo+ 50-80) 1m2f
EASILY has shaped with some promise in a trio of starts in maiden company this term, finishing third on her most recent start at Fairyhouse behind Okita Soushi where she may not have got home over the longer trip having travelled well into the race.
Donnacha O’Brien’s charge drops back to ten furlongs for this latest outing where she makes her handicap debut from a mark that may underestimate her potential for improvement and with improvement expected she can make her presence felt here with a first career success.
5:35 Bellewstown – Bar One Racing “Bellewstown” Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1f
RUN FOR OSCAR mixed good performances on the flat with winning form over hurdles last term, winning at Fairyhouse in November and the Oscar gelding might have needed his reappearance at Down Royal last month where he finished sixth behind Visionarian.
Charles Byrnes’ charge was making his first start in more than seven months on that occasion but he ought to be sharper now with that under his belt and the form has since been boosted by the runner-up going one better next time out.
Racing off the same mark he should improve for the run and there remains scope for better given he’s lightly-raced over hurdles so ought to make his presence felt.
7:35 Bellewstown – Bar One Racing “Putting The Customer First” Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 3m
RARE CONOR has yet to get his head in front after 19 attempts, but Thomas Gibney’s charge has been knocking on the door in recent runs at Ballinrobe and Listowel and this could be his day in the sun.
The Rakti gelding found only one too good at Ballinrobe last month when equipped with cheekpieces for the first time, beaten three lengths by Big Debates in heavy ground; he then finished a good third in the retained headgear last time out behind Woodbrook Boy and beaten two lengths.
A return to three miles shouldn’t pose an issue for the ten-year old who should remain competitive and he handles cut in the ground so any rain won’t hinder; he could go well here as a result despite being 2lbs higher and he may be able to finally shed his maiden tag.