Sunday Irish racing best bets – Dundalk and Tramore tips
Dundalk and Tramore tips on Sunday 14 August
More Irish horse racing action is on the agenda for Sunday with action both on the flat and over jumps and we’ve picked out our Dundalk and Tramore tips.
Fans of Irish horse racing have two meetings to get stuck into and puzzle over on Sunday where there is action both on the flat and over the sticks as 15 races go to post across both fixtures.
The day’s flat racing comes from the polytrack at Dundalk while over jumps there is another fixture at Tramore as the August Festival draws to its’ conclusion. We’ve looked over both of the Sunday fixtures to pick out our Dundalk and Tramore tips and best bets.
SUNDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – DUNDALK & TRAMORE TIPS 15 AUGUST
2:05 Dundalk – Download The Bar One Racing App Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m
PRAYING MANTIS has been mixing wins with lesser efforts in recent outings but arrives here having won two of her last four starts and Andrew Kiniron’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.
Placed over course and distance in the past the Epaulette filly has done most of her racing on turf and has struck at Galway and Listowel this term, the latter of those coming on her penultimate start when beating Crystal Pool by two lengths although her latest effort at Cork possibly came too soon just three days later.
She’s been given time off to recover from those exertions and could bounce back to winning ways back on this surface where she’s still quite unexposed.
2:15 Tramore – Frank Gillane Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m
WITHALLDUERESPECT has found some improvement since being equipped with cheekpieces and Henry De Bromhead’s charge can open her account here.
The Mahler mare has finished third on both starts since the headgear went on, beaten three lengths by Westernerona at Downpatrick in July and latterly being denied by just over one length when landing a second silver medal at Kilbeggan last Saturday behind Darkened.
Only collared in the last half-furlong there she is only 2lbs higher for this latest run and assuming the run doesn’t come too soon then she ought to be in the mix again.
3:25 Tramore – Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-102) 2m
GIVE ME A MOMENT hasn’t put his best foot forward in recent outings but the Mountain High gelding could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.
Patrick Griffin’s charge is low mileage and has had just five chase starts, one of which saw him win at Tipperary on his return from three months’ break with a defeat of Jack Holiday and the run next time at Limerick behind Downthecellar – a three-time winner since – may have come too soon.
He didn’t give his running last time out but likely he remains capable of better and he could bounce back from those lesser runs with an improved performance here.
3:50 Dundalk – BARONERACING.COM Mourne Handicap (3yo+) 6f
Lightly-raced THE HIGHWAY RAT has already won three times this year – all here – and Andrew Oliver’s charge can strike again having ran out an impressive winner latest over the useful Lipizzaner here in July over the minimum trip.
The Dandy Man colt was winning for the second time over the five furlongs here but he hadd struck on debut over seven furlongs and he’s only once finished out of the frame in his six career starts so ought to remain competitive in this contest which sees him tackle six furlongs.
Given his proven versatility over different trips he should have no problem adapting and the form of that reappearance win has been boosted so he can defy a further rise in the weights to strike again.
4:25 Dundalk – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Red God” Handicap (3yo+) 1m2½f
ALHAAZM is undefeated over this course since joining Kevin Prendergast from Sir Michael Stoute and the Cape Cross gelding can get back to winning ways.
This longer trip should be no issue given he had placed over ten furlongs for his previous handler and following a slow start in Ireland he exploded on this surface to reel off a four-timer of victories before disappointing again on turf when last seen at the Curragh in June.
He’s surely better than he showed on that last occasion and returning to this surface he can bounce back from that lesser effort last time with this extra distance likely to suit and racing from a mark that remains workable.