Sunday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Navan and Cork
Sunday’s Irish racing fixture list sees two meetings going to post and we’ve looked through both cards to give our Sunday Irish racing best bets at Navan and Cork.
We have two meetings going to post in Ireland on Sunday with more cracking action over the sticks at both Navan and Cork where some possible Cheltenham Festival candidates will be on show at both fixtures.
With 16 races across the two cards we’ve assessed both fixtures to pick out our Sunday Irish racing best bets at Navan and Cork as we bid to find a few winners.
SUNDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT NAVAN & CORK
12:10 Navan – BetVictor Casino “Monksfield” Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m4f
Unbeaten FAROUK D’ALENE puts his perfect record on the line but Gordon Elliott’s charge can emerge with his record intact stepping up to this grade and the Racinger gelding looks a very smart prospect.
Already a winner in points and in bumpers he made a very good impression on his first hurdles start at Down Royal last month where he posted an eight lengths’ victory over Pat’s Pick, warming well to the task after a couple of early mistakes to score readily and there’s surely better to come from him.
Both bumper wins came on heavy ground and he had one of today’s rivals in arrears whens scoring at Naas back in February over two miles so this trip will present no problems having struck his hurdles debut win over further than today’s distance.
The yard won this twelve months ago with the classy Fury Road and they can double up with their latest smart prospect who can remain unbeaten stepping up in class.
1:10 Navan – BetVictor Gamble Responsibly Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
BIG KING has shown ability over hurdles despite failing to pick up a win, but Barry Connell’s charge can make the breakthrough here.
The Born King gelding rounded off his time with his previous handler with a good fourth at Killarney, but he bettered that performance on his first run for the fledgling trainer when going down only by a half-length behind Railway Hurricane at Bellewstown although he couldn’t match that effort when next seen at Downpatrick where he finished fourth to The Shunter.
That form though has been franked with the winner and runner-up both scoring again since and he could be fairly treated switching to a handicap from a rating of 104 where he might improve. He does have to prove he can handle these conditions but still relatively unexposed as a hurdler he can post a big run if the ground doesn’t present a problem.
1:25 Cork – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m
Most of this field are finding it hard to win, but YOU SAY NOTHING looked set to collect when departing two from home at Fairyhouse earlier in the month and if none the worse for that spill then Gavin Cromwell’s charge can gain some compensation.
The Epaulette gelding had shown glimpses of ability prior to that run although he hadn’t threatened the judge in any of his starts; that looked set to change latest and he was still travelling well when coming to grief.
The handicapper has pushed him up 2lbs which looks very fair and he could progress despite that mishap which assuming hasn’t dented his confidence he can bounce back from that fall to take this prize.
2:35 Cork – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners’ Chase (4yo+) 2m½f
GIN ON LIME showed some good form in her two runs over hurdles for Jessica Harrington having won in France previously for Guillame Macaire; the Doctor Dino filly also produced a solid performance on her first chase start for current handler Henry de Bromhead at Thurles last month and it would be no surprise to see her progress.
Fourth and third respectively over timber last term in starts at Fairyhouse and Naas, the latter coming behind Cheltenham Festival scorer Aramax, she may have just needed the run when finishing second at Thurles last month although she did race keenly and possibly did too much over the longer trip.
Dropping back to two miles for this outing might suit her better and she’s expected to come on for that reappearance so ought to be much sharper now; while her French hurdle win came in testing conditions so this ground might be more to her liking having raced on better ground thus far in Ireland.
She can improve for her chase debut and with the potential for better it would be no surprise to see her competitive here.