Wednesday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Bellewstown and Gowran Park
We look over another day of Irish horse racing fixtures and reveal our Irish racing best bets for Wednesday at Gowran Park and Bellewstown.
To add to Wednesday’s horse racing action in England, there are two more fixtures going to post in Ireland. Bellewstown hosts a competitive jumps racing card, while on the level there is racing from Gowran Park.
In total fifteen races will unfold over both of the day’s racecards on Wednesday and we take a look at the action to reveal our Irish racing best bets at both meetings.
IRISH RACING BEST BETS 8 JULY – BELLEWSTOWN & GOWRAN PARK
1:00 Bellewstown – Intersure Group (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m½f
THE BROGHIE MAN rattled the crossbar in each of his last three starts, latterly finding only Elusive Rebeldom too strong by three lengths and Padraig Roche’s charge might be able to get off the mark now on his return.
The Cityscape gelding kept better company than this last term and that trio of near-misses came in stronger contests than the one he finds himself in here. A repeat of any of those could be good enough to see him open his account while first-time cheekpieces are now deployed and the headgear could help him find a jolt of improvement.
This is his first run for almost five months but if fully tuned up on his return then he can continue his good form and may be capable of going one better now.
3:00 Bellewstown – Thanks To The Frontline Workers Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-102) 2m½f
CLODY VALLEY took a step forward on his handicap debut when finding only one too good at Clonmel back in March and Elizabeth Doyle’s charge might be able to go one better here.
The Arakan gelding had shown glimpses of ability in maidens last autumn, but he stepped up to chase home a fair sort in Shantou Sisu on his first run back in nearly 200 days when last seen. He’s only 2lbs higher in the weights here and a repeat of that effort back on a better surface might suffice to see him get off the mark.
He’s still a relatively unexposed sort over hurdles with that latest effort being only his fourth and he shaped as if he was capable of scoring off this sort of mark where his rider’s 5lbs claim will come in handy. He ought to give a good account and every chance he can get on the scoresheet in a fairly ordinary race.
5:25 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (3yo+) 7f
MR WENDELL wasn’t able to build on a highly encouraging debut where he finished runner-up behind Masteroffoxhounds at Naas although the Excelebration colt could be worth another chance.
Ger Lyons’ charge faded to finish sixth in that latest outing at the Curragh, but he has since seen the form being boosted by the winner going in again since in a valuable handicap contest and there is a suspicion that that race might prove a decent contest in time.
He needs forgiving that run but given the performance he had posted on his debut he can be granted some clemency and if he were able to reproduce that level then he could bounce back with a much better effort and he’s chanced to do so for his top yard.
6:55 Gowran Park – Supporting The Irish Jockeys Fund Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m
It has been a while since KEEP BELIEVING registered his last win, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge looks worth siding with to end his barren streak having been in the process of running well at Fairyhouse last month on his return before being badly hampered late on although he was held at the time.
The Zoffany gelding should be sharper for that run which has seen the runner-up go one better to boost the form and he’s very capable of winning this from his current rating given he was rated 74 when scoring his last win at Roscommon back in September 2017.
He’s also a course and distance winner and it is still early days for him with this yard having switched from Brian Nolan to the Owning Hill trainer so he may yet have something to offer if coming on for that recent return.