Tips for Cork and Kilbeggan – Saturday Irish racing best bets
More Irish horse racing goes to post on Saturday and we give our tips for Cork and Kilbeggan.
Saturday’s Irish horse racing action takes in two fixtures with afternoon racing on the flat at Cork where there is Listed and Group Three action on the card. Meanwhile at Kilbeggan on Saturday evening there is a fixture taking place over jumps.
Our Irish racing tips have been in good form this week and we’re on the hunt for more winners with our best bets and tips for Cork and Kilbeggan.
SATURDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CORK AND KILBEGGAN
3:05 Cork – Doneraile Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 5f
STRONG JOHNSON has returned in very good heart, winning back-to-back races at the Curragh in June and then run down late by the reopposing Tide Of Time at Navan last month.
Kieran Cotter’s charge was only beaten a half-length despite giving that rival 10lbs and the fourth horse home has since boosted that form by winning. The Le Cadre Noir gelding is 3lbs better off at the weights here which could be enough to reverse that form.
Still a lightly-raced sprinter, there may be more in the locker to come from him this term and the quicker ground will prove no issue so every chance he can make his presence felt again from his high draw.
He has the scope to improve further and this new mark remains workable so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go well again for all this looks a trappy contest.
3:40 Cork – Platinum Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 7f
PRONOUNCEMENT has some very useful form to her name already this term, winning at Navan on her reappearance in June and then making the frame in Listed company here last month when finishing third behind Sonaiyla.
Johnny Murtagh’s yard are in decent fettle and the Declaration Of War filly took another forward step to chase home Group One winner Millisle when last seen finishing runner-up in the Ballyogan Stakes, beaten four lengths.
Back up in trip returned to Listed company there may be more to come from her and she went close on her only previous attempt at this seven furlongs distance at Leopardstown last term. She should play a big part then for her in-form yard and she can make her presence felt in this contest.
5:15 Kilbeggan – Joe Cooney Memorial Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f
SAYO could be worth chancing and Willie Mullins’ charge might still have better to offer over hurdles.
The Dalakhani gelding is a chase winner and he contested a hot handicap hurdle at Galway last month where his jumping let him down as he finished eighth behind stablemate Great White Shark. He had gone close on the flat the time before and he remains capable of better.
He drops back in trip here having possibly just found the longer trip stretching him last time and the application of cheek-pieces for this outing could elicit some improvement so he could do better with Paul Townend preferring him over the yard’s other runner in the race.
5:55 Cork – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m4f
CAYENNE PEPPER has lost nothing in defeat in recent starts in Group One company and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get back on the winning trail now her sights are eased in grade.
The Australia filly won her first three starts last term which included beating So Wonderful impressively in the Flame Of Tara Stakes at the Curragh. She then rounded off her season with a creditable fourth behind Quadrilateral when tried in a Group One at Newmarket.
Beaten three lengths on that occasion in the Fillies’ Mile, she has found only Magical and Even So too strong in successive starts this term with the latest coming in the Irish Oaks where she was denied by two lengths.
This is easier and she looks sure to give a good account dropping in class where she could prove hard to beat if turning out at her best.
6:45 Kilbeggan – Kieran Kelly Memorial Beginners Chase (4yo+) 3m1f
DOCTOR DUFFY didn’t do a whole lot wrong at Galway when last seen finishing ten lengths behind Court Maid and the Craigsteel gelding can get off the mark in this sphere at the third attempt.
Charles Byrne’s charge has shaped well on all three starts over fences, twice finishing runner-up including over this trip at Roscommon last month when beaten just over two lengths behind Macgiloney.
Although beaten around ten lengths at Galway, he finished clear of the rest and it is possible the softer ground may have gone against him. This less testing ground and longer trip could both prove positives and he can put up another bold show.
A first-time visor now applied might help him find some improvement while Cathal Landers’ 5lbs claim is noteworthy and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him find further improvement over the larger obstacles where he could open his win account. If the headgear ekes out some more.