Sunday Irish horse racing tips – Best bets at Galway and Cork

The Galway Festival draws to its’ conclusion for another year this Sunday and is one of two fixtures racing in Ireland with Cork also going to post; we give our Sunday Irish horse racing tips and best bets for both fixtures.

It is almost over for another year and the Galway Festival enters the final day of its’ week-long stint with a seven-race flat racing card featuring the Anonoora Handicap; while there is also racing at Cork over the sticks where another seven-race card unfolds.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s card and pick out our Sunday Irish horse racing tips and best bets for each fixture.


2:45 Galway – Kenny Galway Handicap (3yo 50-70) 1m½f

YA YA BABY has improved her form since switching to handicaps and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get off the mark here having rattled the cross-bar the last twice in starts at Gowran Park and Limerick.

The Hallowed Crown filly has been beaten one length and three-parts of a length respectively, latterly finding only Scholastic too strong.

The form of that outing has taken a couple of knocks but there’s a suspicion there’s a bigger run to come from the Harrington runner and she can improve as a lightly-raced sort to defy her 3lbs rise in the weights for this contest.

She can get involved and no surprise to see her in the mix for her top yard.

3:30 Cork – Mallow Mares Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-95)

HOPEFULLY might not be one of the leading lights of the Willie Mullins camp but the Beat Hollow mare has shown enough to suggest she can pick up a small race or two and she could be the answer to this contest.

Third at Tramore when last seen out last month behind Thatbeatsabanagher, crossing the line just two lengths adrift, she finished ahead of a subsequent winner and a repeat of that effort from just 1lb higher might be good enough to see her open her account in what looks a relatively weak contest.

She’ll have to build on that better last-time effort but there’s no reason why she shouldn’t and with the yard in decent fettle she could prove hard to beat.

Our Sunday Irish horse racing tips is backing Willie Mullins to have a winner at Cork.

Our Sunday Irish horse racing tips is backing Willie Mullins to have a winner at Cork.

3:50 Galway – Ardilaun Hotel Handicap (3yo+ 50-75) 7f

LINCOLN has been on good terms with himself since the restart of racing in Ireland, building on his much-needed return to action to fill the frame on all three subsequent outings which includes a win at Fairyhouse last month.

Denis Hogan’s charge ran out a neck winner over Pulsating on that occasion, running on well late and that form looks fair; he’s since finished runner-up at the Curragh behind Trueba and he’s only been raised another 1lb in the weights although Shane Crosse’s 3lbs allowance can offset that and leave him slightly better off.

He doesn’t have the best of the draw to work from, but he handles this ground and he’s been rated much higher in the past. A 91-rated winner for Mick Channon previously he remains well-treated on his old form and he can go well if his wide berth doesn’t scupper his chances.

4:20 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 7f

LORD RAPSCALLION could be worth chancing for in-form Johnny Murtagh and the Alhebayeb gelding can get back on the winning trail.

A dual-winner on the all-weather towards the end of 2019 he has returned from the lockdown in decent heart, building on his return at the Curragh to finish a close third behind Turbine at Leopardstown and then scoring at Bellewstown last month with a defeat of Sirjack Thomas.

He travelled well there and only needed pushing out under hands and heels. There was little wrong with his latest fifth at Cork in the competitive Habitat Handicap won by the useful Nebo and he’s 1lb lower here while a more experience rider in Shane Kelly comes in for the ride and can take 3lbs off his back.

While he might just need a shade more given a couple of these finished ahead of him that day, he is chanced to do better given his yard is in blistering form at present and there’s every chance of a big run here.