Thursday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Tramore and Naas

Irish racing best bets on Thursday at Naas and Tramore.Irish racing best bets on Thursday at Naas and Tramore.

Thursday’s horse racing in Ireland sees a double-header of meetings with racing from Tramore and Naas. We pick out our Thursday Irish racing best bets at both fixtures.

The horse racing action in Ireland cranks up a notch on Thursday with two fixtures heading to post where there is racing both on the flat and over jumps.

Thursday’s flat racing action comes courtesy of Naas’s eight race card; while at Tramore there is a seven-race card over jumps awaiting punters.

We take a look over both of the day’s racecards and give our Thursday Irish racing best bets at both fixtures.


2:05 Tramore – Dunmore East Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m

AUNTY AUDREY has hit the crossbar the last twice she’s been seen in action and the Zoffany mare may be able to end her losing streak here.

Paul Flynn’s charge has been beaten only a short-head here two starts ago behind Elegant Lass and latterly chased home the useful Balinaboola Steel at Wexford earlier in the month where she crossed the line little over two lengths’ adrift.

That winner has since run well in defeat and this looks a weaker race she finds herself in now. While she’s 2lbs higher in the weights, Conor McNamara’s claim is noteworthy in helping to ease her burden and she takes on plenty of exposed rivals.

If continuing in similar form to her recent runs then she ought to be involved again at the finish and no surprise to see her collect.

2:35 Tramore – Brownstown Head Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m5f

REBEL WALTZ has been in good form this campaign, returning from lockdown with a solid runner-up effort at Tipperary behind Bread And Butter before falling back at that venue when tried over fences next time.

Tom Nagle’s charge has quickly bounced back however returned to the smaller obstacles, making the frame on all three starts since that mishap which includes a last-time win at Wexford where the Getaway gelding ran out a four lengths’ victor over Pat Coyne under this rider.

He won a shade cosily in what was a relatively moderate contest and the handicapper has taken something of a dim view of that performance with an 8lbs rise in the weights. He could still have more to offer given he remains relatively lightly-raced in this discipline and he ought to go well again if finding another jolt of improvement.

3:35 Tramore – Waterford Greenway Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m5½f

BAL DE RIO has been running well in defeat over hurdles and Denis Hogan’s charge could be worth chancing switching to the larger obstacles where the Vertingineux gelding can make his presence felt.

The selection has proven to be a useful sort over timber, making the frame in each of his last three outings and he was beaten only one length when last seen behind Nero Rock at Clonmel. He had finished third over course and distance back in July and ought to appreciate the cut in the ground here as he goes back up in trip ahead of his chase debut.

He has the size and scope to make his mark over fences and with his stable in fair fettle at present he’s expected to run well where he can shed his maiden tag over obstacles.

Trainer Ger Lyons can saddle a winner on the card at Naas on Thursday.

Trainer Ger Lyons can saddle a winner on the card at Naas on Thursday.

3:45 Naas – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f

FIGHT ZONE is going the right way, improving again when posting a second successive bronze medal finish at Gowran Park a little over two weeks ago and the War Front colt could still have further progress to come.

Ger Lyons’ charge has shown plenty of early speed despite being tried over longer distances than this, but the drop to sprint trips for this latest outing could well work the oracle with him and he can get off the mark.

His previous third at Leopardstown in July represents decent form and on what he has shown to date he rates the one to beat in this contest. It should be a case of when rather than if he lands a breakthrough success and this could be his day with a reproduction of his latest effort likely to prove good enough here.

4:45 Naas – Naas Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

Having shaped quite well on debut at Fairyhouse in June, EQUILOVE may have found the run coming too soon next time when disappointing at Limerick; but Jessica Harrington’s charge bounced back from a short break with a much better effort at Dundalk in August, finishing three lengths’ third behind Avagardner.

The Equiano filly looked one-paced there, but she has seen the form done little harm with the runner-up and fifth horses home both landing subsequent silver medals while the winner ran better than the bare result in a valuable handicap back here next time.

This further step up in trip as she switches to the handicap ranks might elicit some improvement and she could prove well treated off her initial 68 rating judging on what she’s shown thus far. The extra distance looks a good move and she’s in top hands so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see progress now.