Wednesday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Killarney and Sligo racemeetings

Wednesday Irish racing best bets at Killarney and Sligo.Wednesday Irish racing best bets at Killarney and Sligo.

We pick out our Wednesday Irish racing best bets for Killarney and Sligo.

While the bulk of Wednesday’s attention will focus on the first day of the York Ebor Festival featuring the Juddmonte International, there are two fixtures for punters to take in in Ireland with flat racing in the afternoon at Killarney where the Kingdom Gold Cup is the showpiece of the day.

Meanwhile over the sticks there is a fixture at Sligo also taking place in the afternoon.

Across both of the day’s fixtures there will be 15 races taking place and we pick out our Wednesday Irish racing best bets for both of the day’s racecards at Killarney and Sligo.


1:00 Killarney – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

EXUMA showed enough on his debut at Leopardstown to suggest he’ll be up to winning before too long and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can build on the experience he gained in that first run to go close.

The Galileo colt finished around eight lengths’ seventh behind Masen, undone by inexperience. However that looked a pretty strong contest and the winner, runner-up and fourth horses home all placed in the Group Three Tyros Stakes; while the runner-up has also scored a subsequent win along with the sixth horse to cross the line.

That contest represents some strong form then and sure to progress for the run he could prove a different proposition now so no surprise if he takes a significant forward step to get off the mark at the second attempt.

2:20 Sligo – Callan Tansey Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m1½f

MR MOONDANCE ended a barren streak in good style when going in over course and distance earlier in the month and while a subsequent 8lbs rise in the weights demands more the Windsor Knot gelding is taken to follow up.

Mark Michael McNiff’s runners are in decent form and the selection ran out a five lengths’ victor latest over Thatbeatsbanagher. He hadn’t been entirely consistent prior to that return to winning ways and he has to back up that performance now, but if arriving in similar mood then he could be capable of another big run and he can go well.

He made all the running to score last time and with no obvious challenge for the pace is likely to set out in front again where he could prove hard to pass. Assuming he can build on that last time success then there’s every chance he can go in again despite his hike in the weights.

Ger Lyons features in our Wednesday Irish racing best bets.

2:30 Killarney – Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m6f

CHIRICAHUA shaped with plenty of promise in two juvenile outings last term, finishing runner-up on both occasions and latterly beaten only a head by the useful Nobel Prize.

Ger Lyons’ charge was entitled to find the company too much for him on his reappearance and may have needed the run in any case when disappointing in the Irish Derby; but he shaped much better with that under his belt to get off the mark at Down Royal last month, beating Silver Fox by two lengths.

The Camelot colt won a shade cosily that day and the form has been boosted with both the third and fourth horses winning since. He now makes his handicap debut and a mark of 91 might not prove prohibitive with this step up in trip expected to suit.

Open to further improvement after just four career starts he can make his presence felt in this competitive contest and every chance he can strike again for a yard enjoying a decent spell at present.

4:05 Killarney – Torc Waterfall Race (3yo+) 1m3f

BARBADOS finished runner-up in last season’s Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in soft ground when trained by Aidan O’Brien and the Navan winner has shaped well despite meeting with defeat on both his runs this term for new handler Jessica Harrington.

The Galileo colt was entitled to have needed the outing when finishing fifth in the Levmoss Stakes and he stepped up on that outing to chase home Twilight Payment on his next outing in the Vintage Crop Stakes at the Curragh.

That form has worked out well with the winner following up in a Group Two next time, while the third has since chased home Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes having also won last season’s Irish Derby.

Cheekpieces return for this latest outing which represents an easier task and with ability to handle the soft conditions already proven he’s expected to go close for his in-form yard.