Wednesday tips for Gowran Park – Best bets for the day’s Irish racing fixture
Irish racing is back in the fold on Wednesday and we look over the day’s sole fixture in Ireland to give our tips for Gowran Park.
A low-key Wednesday lies in store for punters and in addition to three fixtures in the UK there is one meeting going to post in Ireland where an eight-race flat racing fixture takes place at Gowran Park.
Getting underway from 1.00pm the day’s action is headlined by Listed action in the shape of the Hurry Harriet Stakes; while there is also some competitive handicap and maiden contests offering solid support to the feature race.
We’ve looked over the eight-race card on Wednesday and give our tips for Gowran Park as we search for more winners from our dedicated Irish racing tips.
WEDNESDAY IRISH RACING – TIPS FOR GOWRAN PARK 12 AUGUST
1:00 Gowran Park – MansionBet Beaten By A Head Handicap (3yo+) 7f
Ice Cold In Alex is a reliable performer at this level and can get involved again although BARANIYA caught the eye with the way he travelled over one mile on his handicap debut and Dermot Weld’s charge is taken to quickly resume winning ways.
The Iffraaj filly made a winning reappearance over this trip at Roscommon in June, beating Laggata by three-parts of a length; the third and fourth from that race have both won since and she arguably bettered that performance when possibly just failing to last home at the Curragh and finishing fourth in a premier handicap contest behind Fame And Acclaim.
She travelled well for a long way in that race despite missing the break and she held every chance entering the last furlong before her effort petered out.
There’s a suspicion she’ll be more appreciative of this return to seven furlongs and she remains with scope for better still with only a 1lb rise in the weights to contend with. Still unexposed she can progress again and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.
2:30 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m1½f
LABURNUM is taken to get back on the scoresheet having won on his debut over this course and distance and then losing nothing in defeat in subsequent runs in Listed and Group One level.
Having beaten Thunder Kiss here in June, Aidan O’Brien’s charge stepped up on that success to get to within a neck of Even So in the Naas Oaks Trial the following month; the Galileo filly then ran creditably to finish fourth behind the same rival in the Irish Oaks where she was possibly just stretched by the longer trip.
That is solid form with the runner-up and third filling the same position next time in the recent Give Thanks Stakes and there’s likely more to come from her after just three runs and dropping back to what may prove a more suitable trip this time around.
It might prove significant that Seamie Heffernan partners her in preference to Ballydoyle’s other runner and she can make her presence felt finding another jolt of improvement.
3:30 Gowran Park – Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Fillies Maiden (Div II) (3yo+) 1m1½f
ST CLERANS is given another chance having found some improvement for the application of cheekpieces last time out with the Golden Horn filly finishing a close runner-up behind Red Line Alexander over this trip at Ballinrobe.
There is a suspicion Jessica Harrington’s charge bumped into a useful rival on that occasion; but the performance can be given more credit given the first two had pulled six lengths clear of the third who has run well again since.
The selection has only been raised 4lbs for that effort and she could yet have scope for significantly better. Last season she finished third to subsequent Group One winner Peaceful on just her second career start and if she can build again on her latest effort she can go close while the cheekpieces could continue to have a positive effect.
She looks worth keeping onside for her top yard which continues in decent heart and every chance she can go one better here.
4:00 Gowran Park – Bet 10 Get 20 With MansionBet Handicap (Div I) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m1½f
HAN SOLO can finally get off the mark at the twelfth attempt with the Havana Gold gelding having gone close the last twice since returning from an absence.
Austin Leahy’s charge has found only one too good on each of his last two starts, beaten three-parts of a length in first-time cheekpieces on his reappearance at Limerick in June and then going down by only a neck behind Dani’s Boy at Ballinrobe over this trip last month.
He only gave way late on in that contest, losing out in the dying strides and while the form has taken a couple of knocks he could be capable of going one better if able to produce a similar performance. Where he’s only 1lb higher in a relatively ordinary contest.
Assuming the headgear continues to have a positive effect then he might be capable of opening his win account and he looks worth another chance to get off the mark.