Tuesday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Punchestown and Cork
Tuesday’s Irish racing fixture list sees two meetings going to post and we’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out our Tuesday Irish racing best bets.
There’s plenty of horse racing action going to post across the UK, aided and abetted by racing in Ireland where two fixtures head to post with a meeting on the level at Cork and jumps racing at Punchestown.
15 races will go to post across the two cards and we’ve assessed the day’s racing in Ireland to pick out our Tuesday Irish racing best bets and tips at both meetings.
TUESDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR PUNCHESTOWN & CORK
3:25 Punchestown – Ladbrokes Giving Extra Places Everyday Hurdle (4yo+) 2m2½f
It is difficult to get away from KILFENORA on these terms with the Yeats gelding coming out by far the best at the weights given his official rating sits some 15lbs north of the best of the rest of these rivals and Eddie Harty’s charge ought to take plenty of beating on his return.
A past course winner, he was a dual-winner last term, scoring on his reappearance at Naas and following up at Navan prior to tackling the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle where he finished fourth behind Cracking Smart.
He was a shade disappointing when last seen out contesting the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March where he beat only one rival home from those who completed; but he could bounce back on his return to action given he’s gone well fresh in the past.
This trip might be on the sharp side however, but given his smart form from last term he could prove tough to beat here.
4:35 Punchestown – Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f
MIDLAND MILLIE boasts some fair form over hurdles and might be capable of making a winning return to action here.
Arthur Moore’s Kalanisi mare is still a maiden but she has shown enough in her starts to suggest she can pick up a race and she has made the frame in her last two outings either side of a break, finishing a half-length third at Clonmel back in February and latterly crossing the line in fourth behind Wadiyatink Now at Listowel last month.
That effort was solid and came despite her probably needing the run; she’ll be sharper now however with that under her belt and the runner-up and third both filled the same positions on their next starts so the form has stood up.
A mark of 90 looks fair and if building on that reappearance then she can go well here under Rachael Blackmore.
2:30 Cork – CorkRacecourse.ie Handicap (3yo 45-65) 1m
MAX’S DANDY improved for the stiffer test when getting off the mark under this rider at Limerick a few days ago and entitled to come on again for that breakthrough success the Dandy Man filly can quickly follow up assuming this doesn’t come too soon.
John McConnell’s charge struck by a nose in that latest win, gettin up on the line to deny reopposing Gregory’s Gift and this extra furlong could bring about further improvement having given the impression he would appreciate an even stiffer test.
He did well to win in the circumstances having been slow to get into stride and then meeting with trouble in running before hanging left late on and he perhaps won with a bit in hand over the runner-up despite the narrow margin of victory.
He has a 6lbs penalty to carry but his rider can use her full claim on this occasion which offsets a good chunk of the rise and she has to be respected in her follow up bid.
4:15 Cork – Fermoy Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m2f
PARISIENNE WAYS shaped nicely on her debut, finding only one too good at Gowran Park last month and Bill McCreery’s charge can put that experience to good use and go one better here.
The Power filly was beaten just over two lengths on that occasion, slowly away and green early but running on well although no match for the winner. She’s entitled to improve for that effort and this slightly stiffer test may suit given how she finished off last time.
Softer ground to contend with here is an unknown, but her dam is by Sadler’s Wells which offers hope the more testing conditions won’t be a hindrance and likely to improve for that debut experience she can get off the mark at the second attempt for her in-form yard.