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Sunday’s Ballinrobe tips – Irish racing best bets 6 September

Irish horse racing continues on Sunday and we give our Ballinrobe tips for the day.

Only one scheduled Irish horse racing fixture heads to post on Sunday where there is jumps racing action from Ballinrobe to go alongside the trio of UK fixtures that take place through the day.

A seven-race card is headed by the competitive Mayo National Handicap Chase and we look through the day’s racing in Ireland to give our Ballinrobe tips and best bets on the card.


2:35 Ballinrobe – McHale Pro Glide Mower Range Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m2½f

HELIERS BAY ran out a ready winner over this course on her return to action last month despite not looking altogether straightforward. However the Flemensfirth mare is taken to strike again with further improvement likely.

Jessica Harrington’s charge was returning from more than seven months off the track when scoring by five lengths over Derby De Thaix, travelling well into the contest and despite flashing her tail she asserted to score readily.

That performance hasn’t escaped the handicapper’s notice who has slapped her with a 9lbs rise in the weights; but there could be more to come from her and she remains with scope as a handicapper. She has a slightly longer trip to contend with here but can progress on the back of that recent success to double up her tally.

3:10 Ballinrobe – McHale Mayo Irish EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m6f

IMPERIAL CHOICE didn’t give her running here two weeks ago when only finishing sixth in her hat-trick attempt, but Charles Byrnes’ charge is taken to bounce back quickly and she had been in good form previous to that latest run.

The New Approach mare had racked up a brace of wins at Tramore and at this venue under a penalty, the latter seeing her run out a seven lengths’ victor over the useful Dawson’s Cottage. That form has taken a couple of knocks and she ran flat when last seen, not helped by a couple of tardy leaps which cost her ground.

Her well-being that there was nothing amiss that day has to be taken on trust, but she could be capable of quickly consigning that run to history with a better effort and if seeing out this significantly longer trip then she can go close with Cathal Landers’ 5lbs claim again a bonus.

4:15 Ballinrobe – McHale C4 Straw Blower & Silage Feeder Chase (5yo+) 2m3½f

LIVELOVELAUGH hasn’t won for a while with his last victory coming at Cork back in January 2018; but Willie Mullins’ charge might have found himself with a decent opportunity to end his losing streak and get back on the scoresheet.

Despite drawing a blank since that Cork success, the Beneficial gelding has posted a number of creditable runs which include finishing eighth at the Cheltenham Festival and crossing the line in sixth on his return from lockdown in the Galway Plate. He was last seen finishing seventh behind Mortal at Kilbeggan, unable to sustain his challenge over the long uphill run-in at that venue.

A winner over this course on his only previous visit to the County Mayo venue, the application of a tongue-tie for the first time could spark an even better effort and he can resume the winning trend dropping slightly in trip for this assignment.

Willie Mullins saddles one of our Ballinrobe tips on Sunday.

Willie Mullins saddles one of our Ballinrobe tips on Sunday.

4:45 Ballinrobe – McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m7f

The feature race of Ballinrobe’s Sunday card can go the way of hat-trick seeking MINDSMADEUP who is 2-2 this term with his latest success coming at Galway in the competitive Galway Blazers Handicap Chase where Matthew Smith’s charge ran out a two lengths’ winner over Mr Diablo.

He had won previously over hurdles at Kilbeggan following more than six months off and the Golden Tornado gelding can continue his winning run despite an 8lbs rise in the weights for that latest success where he overcame a bad error two fences from home to score a shade readily in the end.

His new rating will force him to overcome a career-high mark, but given his current rich vein of form he looks worth sticking with given he’s fully effective on this ground and over the trip, and he arrives at the top of his game.

Robbie Power again takes the reins having steered the nine-year old to both recent successes and the pair can combine for the hat-trick.