Saturday tips for Irish racing – Best bets at Gowran Park and Tramore

We give our Saturday tips for Irish racing as two meetings to go to post at Gowran Park and Tramore.

As four horse racing meetings take place in the UK, including the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, there are two fixtures heading to post in Ireland with afternoon flat racing from Gowran Park; while in the evening there is a fixture over the jumps at Tramore.

15 races head to post across both fixtures and we’ve assessed both racecards to give our Saturday tips for Irish racing at Gowran Park and Tramore


1:55 Gowran Park – Please Support The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap (3yo 45-70) 7f

SHONA MEA has been progressing well since switching to handicaps, winning two of her three starts which includes here and at Leopardstown latest when beating Miss Cunning by just over two lengths.

Jessica Harrington’s charge has posted both those wins at one mile and the Dragon Pulse filly was beaten less than one length into the runner-up berth inbetween victories. She has to contend with a furlong less here as she bids to strike again, while a 6lbs penalty makes life tougher.

However she’s still unexposed and may well have better still to come; and with proven winning form here she gets the vote to continue her good spell of form and register another win.

2:30 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Vintage Tipple Stakes (Listed Race) (4yo+) 1m6f

HELIAC is progressing with every start, showing another chunk of improvement to win a Leopardstown Listed contest last month and with Ger Lyons’ string in good form the Champs Elysees filly can take another forwards stride to win again.

A three-time winner from four starts last campaign, she stepped up in trip on her return last month to hold off Fresnel by a neck to take the Noblesse Stakes, finding plenty. That form has taken a couple of knocks but there’s likely more in the tank and this further step up in trip could well suit.

She has some work to do on ratings with prolific Kastasa in opposition; but she has the advantage of race-fitness over Dermot Weld’s rival and can come home in front if progressing again.

Trainer Gordon Elliott can saddle a Tramore winner.

3:40 Gowran Park – Follow Gowran Park On Twitter Fillies Maiden (Div II) (3yo+) 1m

Johnny Murtagh’s string are in good heart and LAGGATA can get off the mark at the third attempt having stepped up on a promising debut fourth at Leopardstown last month to bag a silver medal on her latest run at Roscommon.

The Soldier Hollow filly was beaten less than one length behind Baraniya, slowly away but getting to the front at the two furlong pole; she was unable to sustain her effort however and couldn’t hold off the winner’s late thrust.

A return to one mile might suit her better and with her yard in top form at present can find another jolt of improvement to make it third time lucky and continue the stable’s good spell.

7:15 Tramore – VSDirect Your Idea Our Solution Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m5f

INSANE BOLT found a big chunk of improvement when faced with a stiffer test of stamina and the application of cheekpieces to get off the mark at Downpatrick ten days ago. Gordon Elliott’s charge has to back up that performance but the Slade Power gelding looks worth sticking with to do so and step up again.

A fair sort on the flat for Johnny Murtagh, he didn’t pull up any trees in a handful of hurdles starts in the first part of the year and having again ran poorly at Tipperary on his return from lockdown he stepped up markedly on that effort to beat Kilmurry by a half-length latest.

He travelled well into that contest and he could be suited by this even longer trip so can progress again with his penalty for that win negated by his good claimer’s allowance. If arriving in similar mood there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go well again and he can make his presence felt.