Sunday’s best bets in Ireland – Tips for Galway and Wexford

Galway Festival day four best bets and tips through the card.Galway Festival day four best bets and tips through the card.

Sunday’s Irish horse racing action sees two fixtures again heading to post and we’ve looked over both of the day’s meetings to pick out Sunday’s best bets in Ireland.

There’s plenty to look forward to on Sunday in the horse racing world, not just in the UK where the Grade Two Old Roan Chase dominates at Aintree, but with two solid fixtures going to post in Ireland where there is jumps racing from Galway where there is Grade Three action, and also Wexford.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s meetings to pick out Sunday’s best bets in Ireland and we give our racing tips for both fixtures where 15 races go to post collectively.


1:15 Galway – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m6½f

Useful over hurdles, SPEAK EASY looked a potentially smart chaser last term despite only running three times over the larger obstacles; but he made the frame in two of those starts, finishing third when last seen contesting the Ten Up Chase at Navan.

Not always foot perfect, he nevertheless remains open to improvement in this sphere and this represents a drop in class.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge ought to go well if fully wound up although this is a decent race he takes in on his reappearance; but while there’s a chance he might need this he looks worth chancing on his return for his in-form yard and it would be no surprise to see him going close.

1:50 Galway – Play In Pink Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m6½f

STACKS MOUNTAIN is still unexposed as a chaser after just three starts but Henry de Bromhead’s charge is taken to follow up his recent success at Listowel where the Black Sam Bellamy gelding ran out an eight lengths’ victor over Pilbara.

A two-time hurdles winner, he built on his chase debut unseat at Roscommon to post an improved effort at Killarney in August where he finished third; the fourth home has won twice since and now trying handicaps for the first time he could prove well-treated from this initial mark of 126 with Rachael Blackmore doing the steering.

This does looks a fairly tough introduction to handicaps but he can make his presence felt with trip and ground no issue.

2:10 Wexford – Carnsore Point Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m½f

PIENTA hasn’t always looked straightforward but has shown some ability thus far with a number of efforts in the frame and there might be more to come from him now fitted with blinkers for the first time.

Noel Meade’s charge finished third on his recent return at Clonmel, running in snatches but possibly just needing the outing. He’s entitled to strip fitter for that run however and he could have scope from this mark to do better.

The application of blinkers might help him focus his energies and eke out another chunk of improvement and he might be able to reverse recent form with Champagne Gold who finished ahead of him in that recent outing with this softer ground possibly suiting him better.

Sunday's best bets in Ireland. Noel Meade can get amongst the winners at Galway.

Sunday’s best bets in Ireland. Noel Meade can get amongst the winners at Galway.

2:45 Wexford – St. Patrick’s Bridge Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 3m

BLUE MARKIE has returned this term in good heart judging on his two third-place efforts at Navan and Downpatrick in recent weeks and the Le Fou gelding could be worth chancing to open his account here.

David Christie’s charge was beaten just over one length in that last run behind Laughing Trix, keeping on well and he should be suited by this step up in trip so may well improve; while Simon Torrens can take off a handy 5lbs so he can prove well-weighted in what looks a winnable contest.

Still relatively unexposed he likely wouldn’t need to improve too much to play a big part in this contest and he can get off the mark.

3:35 Galway – Glenman Construction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4½f

LIEUTENANT COMMAND brings some very solid form in bumpers into this hurdles contest where he makes his debut over obstacles and the Kendargent gelding can get off the mark in this discipline.

A Limerick winner over Christmas past he ran well for third in a Grade Two bumper at Leopardstown when last seen finishing third behind Appreciate It and he could his mark now switching to hurdles.

He could prove a smart hurdling prospect this term and the yard has been amongst the winners recently so every chance of a big run here.