Thursday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Bellewstown and Tipperary

Wednesday Gowran Park best bets. Tips for the day's fixture in Ireland.Wednesday Gowran Park best bets. Tips for the day's fixture in Ireland.

Thursday Irish racing best bets

With two meetings heading to post in Ireland today we’ve picked out our Thursday Irish racing best bets and tips.

Two twilight fixtures head to post in Ireland on Thursday where there is both flat and jumps racing action taking place and 16 races in all for punters to try to unravel.

The day’s flat racing action comes from Bellewstown, while jumps racing unfolds at Tipperary and we’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out our Thursday Irish racing best bets and tips.


5:15 Tipperary – Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m

Seven of the nine runners scheduled to compete for this contest bear the JP McManus silks and it might be worth siding with former Cheltenham Festival winner BAND OF OUTLAWS who returns to hurdling following 700 days away from this sphere although Joseph O’Brien’s charge will arrive fit from the flat.

The Fast Company gelding won three of his first four starts over hurdles during the 2018/19 season which included the Fred Winter Hurdle enroute to posting a creditable fifth behind Pentland Hills at Aintree in a Grade One.

Two runs in the summer of 2019 saw him make the frame both times, in a Grade Three here in July and in the Galway Hurdle prior to a lengthy absence. He shaped well on his return however when finishing third over one mile in a flat contest at Naas in May.

That run should have sharpened him up ahead of his return to hurdles where he ought to go well if fully tuned up and he can get back to winning ways here.

Thursday Irish racing best bets. Tips for Bellewstown and Tipperary.

Thursday Irish racing best bets. Tips for Bellewstown and Tipperary.

5:30 Bellewstown – Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m

HIDDEN SPARK showed consistent form without winning for Dot Love last term but since joining Adrian McGuinness the Dream Ahead mare has won two of her three starts and could strike again.

Wins at Naas and Gowran Park latterly either side of a near-miss second at the latter named venue have confirmed the Dream Ahead mare in good form and she got up late latest to deny Joupe by a head, finding more than the runner-up late on to overhaul that one.

The handicapper has had a say with a 5lbs rise in the weights which will demand a bit more from the five-year old, but in her current vein of form for this yard she could be worth chancing to go in again.

6:15 Tipperary – Tipperary Town Maiden Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+) 2m4f

LONESOME BOATMAN showed some useful form in bumpers prior to turning in a good fourth on his first try over hurdles at Punchestown in May and with that experience under his belt Martin Brassil’s charge could get off the mark here.

The Jukebox Jury gelding was beaten around 15 lengths on that occasion which was his first run for almost three months, shaping as if he’d benefit from a stiffer test of stamina. It’s no surprise then that he faces a longer trip here and the stiff track could bring about some further improvement.

That winner last time did little harm to the form on his next outing and the selection is open to progress in the wake of that first experience of hurdling so every chance he can go close here.

6:30 Bellewstown – Indaver Ireland Handicap (3yo+) 5f

LEODIS DREAM was a regular winner for David O’Meara but failed to strike for David Loughnane despite posting a number of solid runs; however the Dandy Man gelding can make his first start for Joseph O’Brien a winning one here.

Last seen finishing third to Tone The Barone at Chelmsford back in January he sets out here in a less taxing assignment following a break and he’s won in the past following time away from the track so could be capable of a big run back on turf in a first-time tongue-tie.

He’s won in the past from higher marks than this in the UK and there’d be no surprise in seeing him going well here on his first outing for his new yard.

7:45 Tipperary – Follow Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 3m

Lightly-raced GALYPSO CLERMONT could be worth chancing to go one better than his latest runner-up effort at Punchestown in May where the Saddler Maker gelding appeared to appreciate the stiffer test of stamina and this further step up in trip could unlock more in Paul Nolan’s charge.

He had shown only fair form in maiden company last term before possibly finding heavy ground too much on his final outing; but he’s shown better form since returning from a break and on less testing ground, finishing seventh on his reappearance and subsequently finding only one too good latest.

A 3lbs rise for that could be workable and the application of cheekpieces can help pull out further progress so no surprise to see him in the mix again here for his in-form yard.