Tips for Ballinrobe and Naas – Wednesday’s Irish racing best bets
We take a look over the Wednesday Irish racing action and give our tips for Ballinrobe and Naas.
While three fixtures head to post across the UK on Wednesday, there are two meetings taking place in Ireland with afternoon jumps racing action from Ballinrobe as well as evening flat racing action from Naas.
The Group Three Ballyogan Stakes is the feature race of the day in Ireland and we give our tips for Ballinrobe and Naas including the Wednesday highlight.
WEDNESDAY IRISH RACING – TIPS FOR BALLINROBE AND NAAS
1:30 Ballinrobe – Supermac’s Handicap Hurdle (Div I) (4yo+ 80-95) 2m1½f
ASHTON COURT didn’t pull up any trees for his previous handler, but the Court Cave gelding has found some improvement since joining John ‘Shark’ Hanlon and could have more progression to come.
Runner-up on his first outing for his new handler when chasing home Flooring Porter at Bellewstown, he has finished in the frame in all three subsequent starts although he looked in need of his recent return at Kilbeggan when finishing fourth to Bective Cave.
The handicapper has left him alone following that run, but likely to be sharper with that outing under his belt he could build on the run to go close here under Rachael Blackmore and he can get competitive.
4:00 Ballinrobe – Monroe’s Live Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m6f
HELLO PILGRIM ran out an easy winner at Limerick on her reappearance last month and the Touch Of Land mare can follow up here.
Colin Bowe’s charge showed useful form last term, winning a point-to-point at Ballindensik and a hurdles contest at Sligo as well as post a couple of solid runs in the frame. However she produced a career-best when last seen beating Henry Sellers by two lengths and with that form since being boosted by the third and fourth horses then she looks worth sticking with despite being raised 8lbs in the ratings.
The bulk of that rise is offset by the allowance of his promising amateur Jordan Gainford and still relatively unexposed he can give a good account in his bid to strike again.
5:15 Naas – Facilit8 Property Maintenance Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 5f
TEDDY BOY might have needed his reappearance at Tipperary last month and the Dandy Man gelding has since finished third on both of his subsequent starts at this venue.
The latest of those saw Ed Lynam’s charge beaten three lengths behind Eleuthera earlier in the month, not helped by being squeezed up and denied a clear run when still travelling well; he was never able to recover from that mishap but kept on well.
The winner has done the form no harm and the selection can race from the same mark; while jockey Shane Crosse can use his 3lbs allowance for this outing having been unable to claim previously. Another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise and he can make his presence felt here.
6:15 Naas – Yeomanstown Stud Ballyogan Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 6f
Group One winner MILLISLE can get back on the scoresheet having found only the exciting Art Power too good when last seen in the Lacken Stakes where the softer ground might not have been altogether ideal for Jessica Harrington’s star.
The Starspangledbanner filly won last season’s Cheveley Park Stakes and having found the trip too far in the Qipco 1000 Guineas she ran well at Royal Ascot when finishing fifth behind Golden Horde in the Commonwealth Cup where she raced on the unfavoured part of the track.
Beaten around two lengths latest behind Art Power, she is worth another chance back on a quicker surface and she ought to continue to give a good account in a competitive renewal of this valuable Group Three prize where she could get back to winning ways under Shane Foley.