Saturday tips for Fairyhouse – Irish horse racing best bets on 12 December
We pick out our Saturday tips for Fairyhouse in Ireland which stages an eight-race card over the sticks.
Saturday’s horse racing action in Ireland sees just one fixture going to post with a jumps card taking place at Fairyhouse.
Eight races will unfold throughout the afternoon and we’ve picked out our Saturday tips for Fairyhouse as we bid to find a few winners on the card with our best bets and tips.
SATURDAY TIPS FOR FAIRYHOUSE – IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS
12:00 Fairyhouse – Irish Racing Industry Fundraiser For Children’s Health Fdn Crumlin In Memory Of Pat Smullen Hcap Hdl (4yo+ 80-109) 2m
MATTIES MOUNTAIN hasn’t always been the most consistent of performers, but he’s returned this term in decent fettle and shaped quite well on his reappearance at Listowel over a longer trip before getting off the mark over this course and distance last month.
Eoin McCarthy’s charge was posting a career-best in finishing three-parts of a length ahead of Listenheretomejack and a 7lbs rise in the weights could prove workable given he is open to improvement.
The form of that win has been boosted with the runner-up and fourth horses home both winning since and he can continue to make his presence felt for all this represents a stronger race.
1:37 Fairyhouse – Happy Christmas From Everyone At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-102) 2m7½f
CASTLEHUME GOLD is no certainty to be in the same mood which saw him finish runner-up at Punchestown last month but if the Gold Well gelding runs to a similar level then he could go one better in a fairly ordinary race.
Robert Watson’s charge has camped at a few yards without any success and this is his second stint with the Killylea handler where he appeared to find some improvement fitted with a visor last time out rather than cheekpieces as he found only one too good.
The front pair were five lengths clear of the third and he could now build on that better effort where he’s well-weighted having been dropped 2lbs and with a 7lbs claimer up. Assuming he can back up that near miss last time then he might be able to get off the mark here.
2:12 Fairyhouse – Boylesports This Is Betting Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m
OFF YOU GO is a lightly-raced chaser, finding only one too good on his recent reappearance at Cork last month and Charles Byrnes’ charge might be worth siding with to open his account in this sphere.
A multiple winner over hurdles he’s faced some stiff tasks over the larger obstacles such as when finishing fourth to Faugheen in a Grade One at Limerick last Christmas and he rounded off last campaign with a fair fourth to Spyglass Hill at Gowran Park.
Back from a break at Cork latest where he found only Chatham Street Lad too strong, not helped by being hampered two out, he could do better with that run under his belt and only 2lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing he can remain competitive with the potential for better given he’s still relatively unexposed as a chaser.
2:47 Fairyhouse – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m
Cork hurdle winner FRONT VIEW has shaped with some promise in two starts over fences this term despite being well beaten both times; but dropping back to the minimum trip could prove a good move for the Konig Turf gelding who can open his account in this discipline.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge finished third when last seen out at Thurles over 2m 2f, finishing some twenty lengths’ adrift of the winner. He wasn’t given a hard time in that contest however once his chance had gone and there could yet be further improvement to come.
Given some solid hurdles form where he placed in a Grade Three contest and was tried at the Cheltenham Festival, he could step up on previous efforts now tackling the shorter trip and he can make his presence felt again under Mark Walsh who sides with him over the other JP McManus runners.