Sunday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Navan and Punchestown
Sunday Irish racing tips for Navan and Punchestown
Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Sunday with action both on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve picked out our Sunday Irish racing tips for Navan and Punchestown.
While three fixtures head to post in the UK on Sunday we also have a pair of fixtures taking place in Ireland where action unfolds both on the flat and over the sticks.
There is a second day of jumps racing action for punters to take in at Punchestown following on from their Saturday fixture; while flat racing returns to the fray with a fixture at Navan.
We’ve looked over the day’s racing schedule to pick out our Sunday Irish racing tips for both meetings.
SUNDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT NAVAN & PUNCHESTOWN
1:30 Punch – Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m4f
TULLYBEG makes his chase debut on the back of a reappearance win over hurdles earlier in the month and Sneezy Foster’s charge can double up here.
An ex point-to-pointer the Sholokhov gelding was a winner over the smaller obstacles last term at Downpatrick before running a good fourth behind the useful Cask Mate in October; he was subsequently off the track until returning with a victory at Down Royal at the beginning of May where he ran out a seven lengths winner over Archies Charm.
He should make a chaser and he’ll be well schooled ahead of this switch to the larger obstacles so he ought to make his presence felt if taking to this discipline where he can double his win tally for the season.
2:05 Punchestown – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (5yo+) 2m4f
SOMPTUEUX has won twice over fences from four starts and the Spirit One gelding can continue his progression to take this valuable prize for his red-hot yard.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge was a hurdles winner last June and got off the mark over fences at the second attempt with an impressive victory at Navan before shaping as if possibly amiss at Fairyhouse in October.
He was given a break following that run but returned from six months off with a resumption of winning ways at Fairyhouse last month where he beat Samurai Cracker and there could be more to come as he makes his handicap debut from a mark that could prove workable.
Better ground would likely have helped but conditions were on the slow side when he posted that last-time win and while he does need to find some improvement with the balance of his form falling short of a few of these he is open to plenty of progress as a lightly-raced sort while his top yard can do little wrong at present.
2:20 Navan – GAIN The Advantage Series Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 5f
CONVERSANT won twice during the 2019 campaign and although he’s been lightly raced since, making the track just one in 2020 the Zebedee gelding has come right back to his best this year with a course and distance win on his reappearance backed up by a very good third latest.
That most recent win came over this course and distance when beating Mi Esperanza by a half-length in heavy ground and he wasn’t beaten far when finishing third at Fairyhouse two days ago behind Is That Love.
Denis Hogan’s charge faces a quick turnaround here, but connections will be keen for him to exploit his current rating which remains unchanged and Joey Sheridan can again take off 5lbs.
He was drawn away from the pace in that latest run with four of the first five home all racing from low numbers on the draw while he was drawn high so his effort is all the more creditable and if this doesn’t come too soon he might be able to get back to winning ways returned here.
3:30 Navan – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (3yo) 1m
CHARTERHOUSE kept good company following his breakthrough maiden success at the Curragh, contesting Group One contests back at that venue and Newmarket although he cut little ice in either assignment.
John Joseph Murphy’s charge made a satisfactory return to action despite only finishing eighth of 12 behind Poetic Flare at Leopardstown, beaten just over five lengths; but he’s likely to step up for that run and he could prove a different proposition now taking an ease in class.
Given how that race has worked out – the winner landed the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket before finishing runner-up in the Irish equivalent – the form looks pretty solid for this lesser level and he’ll be sharper with that run under his belt so he could prove a tough nut to crack where the 105-rated Charming Thought colt comes out very well at the weights.
This step up in trip ought to bring about further improvement and he can get back on the scoresheet.