Tuesday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Punchestown and Cork
We take a look at Tuesday’s horse racing fixtures in Ireland where two meetings head to post. Be sure to check out our Tuesday Irish racing tips at Punchestown and Cork!
While four UK meetings head to post there is also a pair of fixtures taking place in Ireland on Tuesday and the day’s flat racing comes courtesy of a meeting at Cork which features Listed action; while over the sticks there is a card at Punchestown on the agenda.
With 14 races in total going to post we’ve looked through both of the day’s cards and have picked out our Tuesday Irish racing tips and best bets at Punchestown and Cork.
TUESDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT PUNCHESTOWN & CORK
2:20 Cork – CorkRacecourse.ie Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 5f
POWERSVILLE and Bahlwan are closely matched from a recent encounter over course and distance earlier in the month and Thomas Mullins’ charge can come out on top this time.
The pair had finished behind Breakfast Club on that occasion with the selection just behind Bahlwan who finished second and on these revised terms the Frozen Power mare can turn the tables.
She was arguably unlucky last time not to have finished closer having missed the start and then met late trouble in running before finishing well and she gave her rival 3lbs at the weights on that occasion. .
This time though the respective riders’ claims sees the selection now receive 2lbs which could be enough to reverse the form of that last run and she can go close here.
2:30 Punchestown – Pigsback Book Your Staycation With Confidence Rated Novice Chase (4yo+) 2m5f
TOUCH OF OSCAR got off the mark over fences when scoring a shade readily at Navan earlier in the month and Joseph O’Brien’s charge could be worth chancing to follow up here.
The Touch Of Land gelding had won over hurdles previously at Clonmel, but he had only once troubled the judge in a handful of chase starts prior to that win latest where he ran out a ready winner and finding plenty in front.
That win came despite making a late mistake two out so it was a good effort and assuming this outing doesn’t come too soon then he can go close again and no surprise to see him making his presence felt.
3:30 Cork – Thank You To All The Frontline Workers Handicap (3yo+) 7f
SHEER BRAVADO has proven progressive this term over this trip, twice making the frame either side of a lesser effort here in August although the Fracas gelding probably failed to stay the longer trip on that occasion.
Jim Bolger’s charge latterly got off the mark when scoring at Listowel last week, beating Bay Of Skaill by almost four lengths and there could be better to come from him still.
He appeared to relish the quicker ground on that occasion and conditions here should be similar so he could be up to the task of following up that success despite the handicapper hitting him with a hefty rise in the weights.
With his yard in good fettle he can make his presence felt in this contest and still a lightly-raced sort who is relatively unexposed compared to most of these he looks worth chancing to find another chunk of improvement.
4:15 Punchestown – Exhibit A Displays Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m½f
WINNER TAKES ITALL is given another chance back over hurdles following a spell on the level which yielded a win at Gowran Park and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can make his presence felt back in this sphere.
The Nathaniel gelding is lightly raced over hurdles but scored a win last September at Listowel prior to struggling next time at Naas although the ground on that occasion might have been too testing for him.
He’s not been at his best in a couple of spins on the flat following that win, but this better ground back over timber should suit and it is too early to give up on him just yet as a hurdler where he may yet come good.
Worthy of another chance to show what he is capable of over timber judging on his earlier success he can go well here with more suitable conditions underfoot and Mark Walsh jocked up.
4:35 Cork – Navigation Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m
FREE SOLO is less exposed than others in this field and Jessica Harrington’s charge can land the feature race of the day at Cork.
The Showcasing colt struck at the second time of asking last term, beating Cabot Hills by five lengths at Leopardstown and he was set a very tough ask on his reappearance in the Irish 2000 Guineas where he failed to beat a rival behind Siskin.
That outing may well have been needed in any case and he showed more latest when finding only Aztec Parade too strong over seven furlongs at this venue earlier in the month in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes where he was beaten just over one length.
The third horse home in that race has won since and likely to be suited by this return to one mile he could improve again on the back of that most recent effort.