Sunday 13 October horse racing tips – Elliotts’ 5/2 chance can leave Limerick rivals in Tears

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

The week ends with a two-fixture line-up of Irish horse racing meetings, with afternoon flat racing from the Curragh in Ireland where it is Irish Cesarewitch day.

Meanwhile, over the sticks there is a meeting at Limerick in Ireland where the Munster National is the feature.

Unfortunately, the meetings at Newton Abbot and Goodwood have both been abandoned.

Curragh (flat) – 1.35 – 5.35pm (8 races)

Limerick (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.10pm (7 races)



(2.05 ) FRENCH RAIN (9/1, William Hill) was a debut winner at this venue in July, beating Blissful, and the Siyouni filly is forgiven his subsequent run in the Debutante Stakes where Ger Lyons’ charge failed to beat a rival home.

She possibly found the seven furlongs that day stretching her stamina, so the drop back to six furlong ought to suit and the drop into Listed company from that Group Two outing latest ought to see her in a better light.

The yard is in decent form, and she could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.

(3.15) DOWNFORCE (11/2, Ladbrokes) bounced back to form with a career-best effort to finish runner-up behind Speak In Colours in the recent Renaissance Stakes, and a repeat of that effort could see Bill McCreery’s charge get back on the scoresheet.

The Fast Company gelding was beaten just over one length, not helped by being hampered; but he looked threatening for a time before the winner got from him, and although he was no match for the winner he did pull clear of the third horse home.

Conditions here will be ideal for him, and he drops back into Listed company where he could go close if running to a similar level as that latest outing.

1.35 – My Friend Stan

2.05 – French Rain

2.40 – Auxilia

3.15 – Downforce

3.50 – Medicine Jack

4.25 – Rock De Baune

5.00 – Passing Trade

5.35 – Vocatus


Ger Lyons can get amongst the winners on Sunday at the Curragh



(2.50) BLACK TEARS (5/2, Paddy Power) showed some useful form last term over hurdles, but she showed definite signs of temperament and hasn’t looked the most straightforward.

A Fairyhouse winner in February, she backed up that success with an excellent fourth to Eglantine Du Seuil in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and the Jeremy mare wasn’t disgraced in Grade One and Listed company in subsequent runs.

The step up in trip on her return to action at Navan last month was a good effort in the wake of five months off, eventually finishing third behind Doctor Duffy, and she is entitled to build on that run where she could post another big run.

She had a subsequent winner behind her, and likely to be sharper for that reappearance then she could get back to winning ways here.

(3.25) HOLY MOTIVATION (11/2, William Hill) has been in good heart this term, winning her last two outings at Perth, and Gordon Elliott’s charge could land the hat-trick here.

The Kalanisi mare ran had posted a pair of runner-up efforts the Scottish venue over the summer before getting off the mark with a defeat of Mighty Thunder last month, scoring by a neck. That win win came over three miles, but she showed her versatility to drop back in distance and beat Farmer Boy latest by a head.

Turned out on Irish soil now, she competes from 1lb lower than when landing that latest success and the step back up to three miles is no issue so every chance she can post a big effort and no surprise if she were to land her hat-trick now.

1.45 – Darver Star

2.15 – Iknowwhereiamnow

2.50 – Black Tears

3.25 – Holy Motivation

4.00 – Dinons

4.35 – The Big Lense

5.10 – Cracking Smart


Dinons can get back on the winning trail at Limerick