Wednesday’s Irish horse racing best bets – Tips for Wexford and Sligo’s racemeetings

Wednesday's Irish horse racing tips comes from Wexford and Sligo.Wednesday's Irish horse racing tips comes from Wexford and Sligo.

After a day off our Irish horse racing best bets returns on Wednesday with tips for Wexford and Sligo.

Tuesday saw Irish horse racing take a back seat; but two meetings head to post in Ireland on Wednesday with action over the sticks at both scheduled fixtures at Wexford and Sligo.

In all there will be 14 racing taking place across both of the day’s cards in Ireland and we give our Irish horse racing tips and best bets for the pick of the Wednesday action.


1:30 Wexford – Nore Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f

KILMURRY appears to be going the right way now over hurdles having struck the crossbar in each of his last two starts and Niall Madden’s charge can get off the mark in this contest.

The Getaway gelding posted both those runner-up efforts at Downpatrick either side of a four-month break; but he has run well here before and finished third on his only previous start at this venue and if continuing his current good spell then ought to be involved.

His latest runner-up finish saw him denied only by a half-length behind Insane Bolt who has since run well in defeat; while a dual-winner has come out of his earlier runner-up finish back in March. A subsequent 3lbs rise in the weights then looks workable and he can make his presence felt over this longer trip which should suit him.

Now that he seems to be progressing he looks worth siding with to go one better than his recent outings.

3:00 Wexford – Slaney Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m4f

BRAID BLUE showed some progressive form over hurdles last season, winning four times although they all came in the UK with a trio of strikes at Perth and one at Ffos Las.

The last of those came when beating Indian Temple by eleven lengths at the fore-named Scone track, and the Gold Well gelding then contested a decent novices’ contest at Cheltenham in October where he was only beaten a half-length by Champagne Well.

Gordon Elliott’s charge now switches to chasing where he looks the type to make a mark in this discipline and he could prove tough to beat if translating the best of his hurdles form to this discipline despite having a nine months’ absence to overcome.

A dual-winner at this shorter trip over hurdles last term, he has won also at three miles so the trip will be no issue; while the underfoot conditions will suit although he has run well on slightly softer ground so probably wouldn’t be troubled by some rain. Everything points to a big run if taking to this discipline and no surprise if he makes a return to winning ways.

We’re backing a Gordon Elliott-trained runner at Wexford in our Wednesday Irish horse racing tips.

4:45 Sligo – Martin Reilly Motors Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m2f

ANNA BUNINA proved a useful sort on the flat for Jedd O’Keeffe prior to switching to hurdling for his current Irish yard and John McConnell’s charge got off the mark in this sphere with an impressive success at Cork when last seen.

The Poet’s Voice filly had been highly tried on her first few starts over timber, tackling Listed and Graded company which she found beyond her and she twice pulled-up including in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

In the process of running well on her return from a break, she unseated her rider two from home; but she made no mistake latest with an eleven lengths’ defeat of Guinevere with the rest of her rivals strung out behind and that form has been boosted since.

She has the potential to further improve judging on that evidence and the presence of a 7lbs claimer to ease her burden at the weights could prove an advantage. With the likelihood of more to come she looks worth sticking with in a trappy contest to follow up that success.

6:50 Sligo – Kevin Egan Cars Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

BUA BOY found some improvement over hurdles to strike at the recent Galway Festival and quickly turned out Denis Hogan’s charge can follow up.

A Cork winner on his debut last April, he showed some fair ability without winning last term, twice finishing third in starts at Wexford and Thurles and he built on a low-key return at Tipperary when landing a small gamble latest when beating Alabaster by just over two lengths.

He travelled well into that contest and won a shade cosily so there may be more to come and he looks well-in at the weights despite his 5lbs penalty given he’s due to go up a further 3lbs in future runs.

That last success came at two miles and so a longer trip here demands a shade more; but he has finished third previously over three miles so the additional distance ought not to prove a concern and he can make his presence felt again assuming this doesn’t come too soon.