Sunday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Curragh and Limerick
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Sunday with some classy jumps and flat racing action; we look over both scheduled cards and pick out our Sunday Irish racing best bets at Curragh and Limerick.
Complementing Sunday’s two meetings in the UK there are also two fixtures going to post in Ireland where there is jumps racing from Limerick which features Listed action over hurdles as well as the Munster National; while on the flat there is also racing at Curragh which features Group Three and Listed racing action as well as the Irish Cesarewitch on their card.
We’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures and have picked out our Sunday Irish racing best bets and tips for the meetings at Curragh and Limerick. Check them out below and click the banners to get on!
SUNDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CURRAGH & LIMERICK
1:40 Curragh – Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap (3yo+) 6f
A dual-winner last term, LUSTOWN BABA has looked unfortunate not to get off the mark in a couple of runs this campaign and on the back of a pair of runner-up efforts could be worth chancing to go one better here.
Bill McCreery’s Alhebayeb filly was beaten less than one length at Naas in August behind Nullifier and possibly just did too much back there last time when again finishing second where he was around two lengths’ adrift of Half Nutz.
A repeat of either of those efforts could be enough to see her get off the mark for the campaign and the handicapper has eased her 1lb. With proven soft ground winning form to her name it would be no surprise to see her deliver a big run from her low stall and she can go close.
2:10 Curragh – Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) (2yo) 6½f
LIPIZZANER has shown steadily progressive form this term, bettering two successive runner-up efforts with a very good fourth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot prior to getting off the mark at Navan in September following a break.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge had the useful Coulthard behind him that day and subsequently lost no caste in defeat back at this longer trip when crossing the line five lengths’ sixth of eight runners behind Supremacy when last seen tackling Group One company at Newmarket.
He holds reopposing Tar Heel from that Navan success and dropping back in grade for this latest outing he should find this level much more suitable so there’s every chance that he gets back on the scoresheet now.
3:10 Curragh – Novi IT Services International Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m2f
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA was highly tried earlier in the campaign, contesting both the Irish Dery and the French Derby, finishing a very good fourth in the former and performing better than the bare result in the latter despite only finishing seventh.
Following a break Aidan O’Brien’s charge has won both starts, scoring over this trip at Dundalk before stepping up in distance to dish out a three-parts of a length victory over Ebendi here last month.
He chases a hat-trick of wins now and arrives in top form following those victories so he ought to make his presence felt again and if running up to the level shown in his two Classic forays then he can land his three-timer at the expense of the rapidly improving Sonnyboyliston.
3:30 Limerick – Limerick Rated Chase (4yo+) 2m3½f
This is competitive with none of the quartet likely to be hanging about and GO ANOTHER ONE gets the vote to strike for John McConnell.
The Stowaway gelding has a 44% strike-rate from his starts over obstacles and is 2-6 over fences, scoring his last at Worcester last September. He’s since contested at the Cheltenham Festival where he fell in the Kim Muir Chase and he registered a pair of wins on his first two starts this campaign at Cork and Down Royal over hurdles, scoring by an aggregate 35 lengths.
There was no caste lost in defeat back over fences at Ballinrobe last month when finishing fourth to Doctor Duffy in the Mayo National and while he drops significantly in trip for this outing he is an adaptable sort who should have little trouble with the lesser distance and proven stamina will stand him in good stead should this develop into a slog given the conditions and with more rain forecast.
All four of these like to race prominently so there’s sure to be a decent pace and he can come out on top in a race where he’s favoured by the weights.
4:00 Limerick – JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase (Grade A) (4yo+) 3m
Another competitive regional ‘National’ and DOCTOR DUFFY has been in good heart this term with two wins and Charles Byrne’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Craigsteel gelding had made the frame in his three starts this term prior to getting off the mark at Kilbeggan, beating Aforementioned by nine lengths and he followed up that win with success in the Mayo National where he beat Chavi Artist by three lengths.
Sent to Listowel for the Kerry National he lost no caste in defeat there when finishing third to Cabaret Queen and he’s 3lbs better off at the weights with reopposing runner-up Moyhenna so could turn the tables now on revised terms with this stiffer track potentially a better fit.
Davy Russell takes over in the saddle for the first time over fences and he ought to give another good account in a typically competitive renewal of this contest.