Saturday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Limerick and Fairyhouse
Saturday’s fixture list of Irish horse racing sees two meetings going to post with afternoon racing on the level and over the sticks. We’ve looked through both meetings and pick out our Saturday Irish racing tips for Limerick and Fairyhouse.
While there’s plenty of classy action in the UK, headed by the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, there are also two supporting racecards taking place in Ireland on Saturday with a flat racing fixture at Limerick and also a jumps card at Fairyhouse.
We’ve taken a look through both of the day’s racecards and pick out our Saturday Irish racing tips and best bets for the meetings at Limerick and Fairyhouse.
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SATURDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT LIMERICK & FAIRYHOUSE
1:50 Limerick – LimerickRaces.ie Race (3yo+) 7f
DALVEY improved on his debut effort at Naas in June to get off the mark at the second attempt and Denis Hogan’s charge is taken to get back on track easing down in grade.
The Dansili gelding has contested Pattern and Listed class since that success, posting a very good third at Dundalk behind Nobel Prize in the Ballysax Stakes and he arguably wasn’t seen to best effect when last seen finishing seventh in a Listed prize at Listowel.
That form however has been boosted and these conditions could help him to find some improvement given his winning performance came on yielding ground so he might well prefer some cut in the ground having been racing on better surfaces on his last few starts.
Top-rated in the field as a result of his Pattern exploits he comes out best here at the weights and if the drop to seven furlongs in the conditions don’t hinder him then the lightly-raced sort can make his presence felt in this contest to give his quiet yard a shot in the arm with a win.
2:05 Fairyhouse – Winter Festival November 28th & 29th Novice Chase (4yo+) 2m5f
This looks a decent contest and COURT MAID gets the verdict to land the spoils at the expense of Somptueux although the pair boast similarly improving profiles.
Thomas Mullins’ charge though earns the vote in receipt of 7lbs from his rival and she arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins having struck over hurdles at Naas back in March before making a winning switch to chasing with a solid victory over a useful yardstick in Doctor Duffy at Galway in July.
Given that rival has gone on to win twice and finish third in the Kerry National then the selections defeat of that one has to be given plenty of credit and there’s likely to be plenty of improvement to come from the daughter of Court Cave who could be a useful addition to the chasing ranks this campaign.
Open to progress and in receipt of weight from all but one of her rivals she can build on that very promising debut chase success and no surprise if she were to follow up here.
2:40 Fairyhouse – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-116) 2m5f
LORD LARIAT arrives in better fettle than most of his rivals and Karl Thornton’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
A dual-winner earlier in the campaign with a brace of wins at Tipperary, his mark possibly just anchored him in subsequent efforts although he ran well at Sligo to finish third behind Baily Thunder in August.
Back over fences for his last outing he found only one too good in Clonguile Way at Punchestown which looks useful form given the front two were a mile clear of a subsequent winner and a repeat of that performance could suffice here despite a 5lbs rise in the ratings.
Quite a few of his rivals have to bounce back from lesser efforts or are making their first starts of the campaign; but he arrives in form and with fitness on his side, and assuming a ten-day turnaround doesn’t come too soon then he can get back to winning ways over fences.
3:30 Limerick – Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Munster Mile Handicap (3yo+) 1m
A few in with chances and it could be worth sticking with DANCE JUPITER to get back on the scoresheet having run well on both outings this term since joining Joseph O’Brien and the Kingsbarns gelding ought to go close.
A winner for John Kiely previous to moving to this yard, he returned from almost a year off to get to within a length of Teed Up at Galway last month and ran to a similar level when last seen finishing third behind Carrytheone at the Curragh latest.
The fourth horse home in that race has won since and a 3lbs rise for that last outing looks fair given he’s open to plenty of progress and should continue to improve.
He was unlucky latest having met with trouble in running and it wouldn’t be a surprise should he make his presence felt here where he can gain recompense for his defeat latest.
4:40 Limerick – JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Tomorrow At Limerick Racecourse Handicap (DIv II) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m3½f
The Limerick finale can go the way of AMLAD who reverts to the flat after a couple of lesser efforts over hurdles and Andrew McNamara’s charge can make his presence felt back in this sphere.
The Lope De Vega gelding had been in good heart, making the frame in his four previous starts on the flat prior to going hurdling, not beaten far in any of them including when only two lengths’ adrift of Getaway Queen on his last flat start in August at Tramore where he finished third.
He’s 1lb lower here and has the services of Colin Keane which is a big plus; but he’ll need to prove he can handle ground as deep as this while having run only nine days ago there’s a slight concern this outing might come too quickly.
If neither of those negatives hold him back then he’s entitled to run a big race however back on the level and he can go close.