Sunday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Naas and Limerick
Sunday Irish horse racing tips and best bets
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Sunday with action both over the sticks and on the flat; we’ve looked over both racecards on the day and picked out our Sunday Irish racing tips on 28 March.
There’s plenty of horse racing action taking place in Ireland on Sunday with two meetings going to post over the sticks and on the flat with 16 races unfolding across the day’s duo of fixtures.
Jumps action goes to post at Limerick, while on the flat there is a card at Naas and we’ve looked over both of the day’s meetings to pick out our Sunday Irish racing tips and best bets at each fixture.
SUNDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT NAAS & LIMERICK
2:00 Limerick – I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle Div II) (5yo+) 2m3f
Lifetime Ambition could prove tough to beat but he’s winless in eight and still a maiden; it might be worth taking him on with CHAMPAGNE SPARKLES who has shown up well thus far in his three starts and arrives much less exposed.
Denise Foster’s charge twice finished third in bumpers either side of a break earlier in the campaign and he ran a decent race to finish fourth at Leopardstown on his hurdles debut earlier in the month behind Grand Bornand.
He shaped as if a longer trip might suit so it is no surprise to see the Masked Marvel gelding tackle a longer trip this time around while Jordan Gainford is excellent value for his 7lbs claim which further enhances his chances so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run forthcoming from the lightly-raced sort who could do better still.
2:15 Naas – Kuroshio At Compas Stallions Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo+) 6f
HARANNDA showed ability in two starts on turf last term, finding the frame on both occasions at Curragh and Leopardstown latterly where she was beaten three lengths into third by Angel Palm although she didn’t help her cause by racing keenly on that occasion.
She had finished runner-up the time before over this trip and the return to sprinting could suit Dermot Weld’s charge. The form of that debut looks strong in this race with the winner twice contesting at Group One level since, while a couple of winners have come out of the race who finished further back and the third through sixth horses have all stepped into Pattern class at least once on the back of that Curragh outing.
Likely to progress as a three-year old she ought to handle these more testing conditions and this doesn’t look the strongest race on paper despite some good yards being represented; she can take a forward step here and make a winning reappearance to justify an entry in the Irish 1000 Guineas later in the season.
2:35 Limerick – Bruff Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
MR COLDSTONE was a ready winner of his hurdling debut at Tramore on New Years’ Day having joined Willie Mullins and the Tamayuz gelding is given another chance having been thrown to the wolves in a Grade One next time where he beat only one home behind Appreciate It who went on to scorch to victory at the Cheltenham Festival in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Sent off 100/1 for the Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle he was never a factor in that contest but will appreciate this much less searching test of his credentials and he could bounce back with his sights trained significantly lower now.
The ground was very testing at Tramore when registering his debut success so these conditions are fine for him and he can go well here back down in grade.
3:25 Naas – Plusvital Devoy Stakes (Listed Race) (4yo+) 1m2f
NJORD showed progressive form last term following his switch to Jessica Harrington, winning twice and making the frame in a number of occasions in solid handicaps.
The Roderic O’connor gelding was last seen winning the Balmoral Handicap during British Champions Day at Ascot last October where he comfortably saw off Solid Stone and others and he looks worth another crack at this higher level.
A winner and placed in soft and heavy ground these conditions will hold no fears for the five-year old who could have more to offer and a return to this longer trip also shouldn’t present a concern given he won his only previous try over ten furlongs last term.
He can make his presence felt back in a Listed contest assuming he’s fully wound up following a break; however his top yard can ready one and he ought to go well with Shane Foley siding with him over the yard’s other runners.
4:20 Limerick – Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 3m½f
Chatham Street Lad could go well if back to his best but he’s only had 10 days’ rest since his Cheltenham Festival exertions and this longer trip is an unknown for Michael Winters’ charge so it may pay to side with hat-trick seeking FULL TIME SCORE who arrives on a hat-trick but should relish this longer trip.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge has placed in a point-to-point prior to joining this yard and having shaped well on debut in a bumper back in March 2019 he returned from a lengthy absence to win over hurdles at Fairyhouse before making an immediate impact over the larger obstacles earlier this month at Gowran Park.
There the Flemensfirth gelding ran out a four lengths’ victor over Mount Melleray where he jumped and travelled well and he’s open to significant improvement on the back of that performance for a red-hot trainer/jockey combination.
He’s had a few extra days to recover from that recent run than his principal rival and with plenty of scope for improvement he could be worth chancing to come out on top here with the longer trip promising to suit although he’ll need to be smart to beat his main rival if that one arrives none the worse for Cheltenham and sees out this longer distance.