Tips for Thurles and Navan – Thursday Irish racing best bets
We give our Thursday Irish racing best bets for the meetings at Thurles and Navan.
While a busy UK fixture list of horse racing meetings sees five fixtures going to post, there are also two meetings taking place in Ireland with flat racing from Navan, while Thurles go over the sticks.
Across both of the days cards will be 15 races in total and we’ve looked through the day’s racing to pick out our Thursday Irish racing best bets and tips throughout the afternoon as we go in search of more winners.
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THURSDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THURLES & NAVAN
1:35 Thurles – www.thurlesraces.ie Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m2f
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon then CIANKYLE can follow up his latest Ballinrobe success and the Mountain High gelding can go close under a penalty.
Peter Cluskey’s charge has won two of his last three starts, both at Ballinrobe, over hurdles in September and when bouncing back from a Clonmel fall to strike latest with a ready victory over Le Hachette.
The fifth horse home in that race has since won to give the form a boost and a 5lbs penalty for his win might not prove enough of a burden in preventing a repeat. He’s still lightly-raced as a chaser so may have further scope and if the quick turnaround doesn’t catch him out then there’s every chance he can win again.
2:30 Navan – Like Navan On Facebook Handicap (3yo+) 5½
TIDE OF TIME won on similar conditions over this course and distance back in July and while his form has been patchy since, the Choisir gelding could be worth chancing to get back on the mark.
He’s finished in the frame twice since that success in runs at Cork and back here prior to contesting the competitive Bold Lad Sprint at the Curragh where he finished midfield behind the smart Mr Lupton.
Ed Lynam’s charge latterly finished fourth behind the reopposing Inflection Point over course and distance where he sported first-time blinkers although he wasn’t seen to best effect having missed the break and he used up plenty of petrol getting to the front before fading.
He now enjoys a significant pull at the weights which ought to be enough to see him turn the form around and cheekpieces replace blinkers so he could go well here.
3:05 Navan – Blackcastle Handicap (3yo+ 50-85) 5f
TRUTH PREVAILS is a lightly raced sort who could be worth chancing to bounce back to winning form with the earlier race on the card involving Inflection Point and Tide Of Time potentially franking the form of his latest third.
Bill McCreery’s charge was a course and distance winner back in August, beating the useful Glow Worm by a neck before finding Group Three company too hot at the Curragh when failing to beat a rival in the Renaissance Stakes.
Back at a more suitable level over course and distance latest,she bounced back to finish third behind Inflection Point and the handicapper has eased her 1lb since so the Siyouni filly might be able to take advantage for her in-form yard to strike a return to winning ways given she has the potential for better.
3:52 Thurles – Premier County Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m6½f
Lightly-raced PORTERHOUSE can gain a first win having run well on her reappearance at Listowel last month where she found only Trees Valley too strong on what was her handicap debut.
The Vinnie Roe mare hadn’t shown a great deal in a trio of maiden hurdles, but those runs all came in soft ground which probably didn’t suit Eoin McCarthy’s charge and she could do better faced with this less testing ground upped in trip.
Quicker ground might have enhanced her claims given she turned in her best performance to date on good ground latest, but she’s still very much unexposed after only a handful of runs and a good 7lbs claimer helps to ease her burden at the weights so she could post a big run if the trip and ground don’t present any issues.
4:50 Navan – Racing Again Sunday 8th November Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 1m6f
WILLIAM OF WYKEHAM hasn’t been seen on the flat for more than two years, but Mark Michael McNiff’s charge can make a successful return to this sphere.
The Arcano gelding has proven to be a fairly useful sort over hurdles in recent campaigns and he was a dual-winner over the summer, scoring at Ballinrobe and Roscommon and running well in defeat subsequently.
Rated 109 when scoring the second of those successes, he reverts to the level where he can contest from just 45 on his handicap debut and so he could be thrown in here on the pick of his hurdling exploits if translating his ability over obstacles back to the flat.
Assuming he can handle this deep ground then his plentiful stamina can stand him in good stead and he can open his account on the level from his basement rating in this sphere.