Saturday Irish racing best bets – Wexford & Navan Irish racing tips
Get our Irish racing best bets on Saturday as we assess the day’s cards at Wexford and Navan.
Irish racing fans have two fixtures to look forward to on Saturday with action both on the flat and over the sticks to complement the meetings going to post in the UK.
Saturday’ racing sees flat racing action from Navan in the afternoon, while over the jumps there is a meeting taking place at Wexford and 15 races will unfold across both of the day’s racecards.
Friday’s Irish horse racing tips yielded three winners and two runner-up finishes from five selections and we give our Saturday Irish racing best bets as we look to hunt down more winners!
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – WEXFORD & NAVAN RACING TIPS
1:50 Navan – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 5½f
The opener could go the way of ZAFFY’S PRIDE who shaped well on her debut at Dundalk three weeks ago and with that experience under her belt the Pride OF Dubai filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.
Jessica Harrington’s charge was kept out of trouble in that debut, racing wide into the straight before making up plenty of late ground to go down only by a head at the line and she looks sure to improve now her attentions switch to turf.
The form of that debut has taken a couple of knocks, but she turned in an eye-catching performance and further progress could see her go one place better.
2:40 Wexford – Curracloe Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m½f
WISHFUL THINKING is unlikely to ever prove to be one of Gigginstown’s leading lights, but the Sholokhov gelding can take advantage of a poor contest to gain a first career success at the fifth attempt.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge has shown only moderate form in his runs to date and he was beaten thirty lengths on his last outing at Killarney behind West Cork Wildway having been beaten an aggregate 86 lengths on his two previous hurdles starts.
He’s clearly a moderate sort on the evidence he’s shown thus far, but he finds himself in a very poor race on his handicap debut and he could be capable of exploiting a mark of 92 for his top connections.
3:30 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 5f
While Lipizzaner boasts arguably the strongest form he doesn’t look the most straightforward and COULTHARD gets the vote to get off the mark at the third attempt.
Michael O’Callaghan’s Coulsty colt looked in need of his debut at the Curragh in August, finishing four lengths’ fifth behind St Mark’s Basilica; but he showed the benefit of that run to finish less than two lengths’ third in the Group Three Round Tower stakes and he can improve again.
He still looked a little raw in that last outing, but he caught the eye travelling well although not quite able to match the front pair who got away from him. Nevertheless, he had four lengths back to the fourth horse and there’s likely further improvement to come so he should be capable of making his mark in this contest.
The drop to five furlongs shouldn’t prove an issue and he can go close in this contest.
3:50 Wexford – Morriscastle Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f
REBEL WALTZ has shown enough in his recent starts to suggest he’s capable of winning a race before too long and Tom Nagle’s charge arrives here on the back of placed efforts at Cork and Wexford, latterly finishing just over two lengths’ second behind Gotthenod.
He wasn’t helped on that occasion by a few tardy leaps, but he kept on well to land the minor honours and a better surface here could suit the Getaway gelding who finds himself contesting a winnable race.
A 2lbs rise for that latest near-miss is countered by his riders’ claim which leaves him attractively weighted as a result and if he can produce a similar performance to last time out then he ought to be in the mix.
4:05 Navan – Troytown Bar Handicap (3yo+) 5f
A STEP TOO FAR is thriving at present, scoring at Naas in July and winning twice in the space of 24 hours at Bellewstown late last month; Kieran Cotter’s charge is worth keeping onside while the Footstepsinthesand filly is in this current mood and she can collect again here.
She won a shade readily under a penalty last time out, beating Teddy Boy – who can boost the form earlier in the card – by the thick end of three lengths and the improving sprinter can continue to make her presence felt despite a sizeable rise up the ratings.
The handicapper has pushed her up 10lbs for her latest win, but the presence of a 7lbs claimer offsets the majority of that additional burden and given the manner of her last win she remains well-treated as a consequence with her rider’s allowance factored into the equation.
While this represents a tougher test, she’s a sprinter who is very much on the up and going the right way, and if she can continue her recent spell of good form then every chance she can collect again.