Saturday tips at Dundalk – Irish racing best bets on the all-weather
Saturday tips for Dundalk on the all-weather
While all the day’s attention will focus on Aintree there is one meeting also taking place in Ireland and we’ve picked out our best bets and Saturday tips for Dundalk.
All the attention on Saturday will understandably fall on Aintree for the latest renewal of the Grand National spectacle and day three of the Festival where there are a trio of Grade One races in addition to the feature.
Irish racing fans however have one meeting taking place in the afternoon with action on the all-weather at Dundalk on their polytrack surface where an eight-race card awaits punters. We’ve looked through the day’s sole racecard in Ireland where we pick out our best bets and Saturday tips for Dundalk.
IRISH RACING TIPS – SATURDAY TIPS AT DUNDALK
1:40 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Horse Racing And Sports Betting Handicap (3yo) 1m4f
ABSTRACT turned out three times last term in maidens and he offered something to work on each time without managing to trouble the judge on any of those occasions; however Dermot Weld’s charge could prove a different proposition now he switches to handicaps upped markedly in trip.
His three runs last term came over one mile or shorter on turf and he never finished better than seventh, latterly filling that position behind the well-touted Van Gogh at the Curragh in September.
The Sea The Stars gelding now makes his handicap debut over a much stiffer test which could see him in better light given his breeding has plenty of stamina and he can do better from what could be a very lenient mark allied with his rider’s 5lbs claim.
The use of a visor is also employed for the first time and open to improvement in this sphere he could go close trying polytrack for the first time.
2:15 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (4yo+) 1m4f
Lightly-raced SHORE showed some ability in a trio of starts last term, finishing runner-up on his second start in a claimer at this venue before possibly being unsuited by the drop to one mile next time.
The First Defence gelding finished fourth on that occasion, beaten around five lengths but Gerry Keane’s charge can do better stepping up to this longer trip and making his handicap debut from a mark that could prove lenient given he has the potential to improve for the stiffer test.
Much less exposed than most of these rivals he has the services of Sam Ewing whose 5lbs claim is a bonus and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to go close with the longer trip likely to suit.
2:50 Dundalk – Irishinjuredjockeys.com Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m2½f
An interesting maiden with several interesting debutantes from good stables; but it might pay to side with experience and UMNEYAAT has shown enough in her four outings last term that she’s well capable of winning races.
Dermot Weld’s Dansili filly finished in the frame on all four starts last term as a juvenile, twice in the runner-up berth and she could be suited by this step up in trip on the evidence of her staying-on second behind Willow at Leopardstown in October.
She finished clear of the third who has won since, but her previous third to the useful High Heels at Cork is solid form and she can improve over this longer trip assuming she takes to this surface as she makes her polytrack debut.
However given what she showed last term she could prove tough to beat if progressing from two to three and she sets a decent standard so can get off the mark now.
3:25 Dundalk – Follow Us On Social Media Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m2½f
SINSEIR has yet to trouble the judge in any of his nine starts to date but that isn’t to say the Medicean gelding hasn’t shown anything in his runs; rather he’s shaped with some ability if a little temperamental, but now fitted with cheekpieces for the first time the headgear could bring about a change in fortunes for John Feane’s charge.
He ran his best run to date when finishing fifth over this course and distance last month where he was forced to race wide having been held up and he kept on well without matching the principals. He was only beaten around two lengths at the line however and he had a subsequent winner behind him.
Given he was racing from out of the weights it was a creditable run that hinted at better to come and dropped 2lbs since he could make his presence felt in a race that probably won’t take a great deal of winning. If the headgear has a positive effect then he can go close here.