Tuesday’s racing tips – 14/1 NAP can rise to the challenge in Killarney’s big handicap
Our expert takes a look through the betting for all of today’s races at Killarney and selects an outsider in the feature race of the evening as his NAP of the day with Coral.
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7:50pm Killarney Laurels Handicap Hurdle 2m7f
Static Jack ran a cracker to place second in a similar handicap to this at Down Royal on his first start for Gavin Cromwell. Jonathan Moore’s mount could follow up with another strong performance, but he’s been bumped up the handicap by three pounds following that defeat and Static Jack hasn’t won over hurdles since September 2016. Others are preferred at their prices.
Snugsborough Benny is rated some 24 pounds higher over fences and could be a player if he can up his game to that level over hurdles. Roi De Dubai travels to Killarney on the back of a career-best effort when winning at Punchestown and could be well-suited to the step up in trip.
While John McConnel’s charge holds plenty of appeal, A Toi Phil’s presence in the field leaves DAYBREAK BOY – the third highest-rated runner in this handicap – carrying just 11-1 to post and Rachel Blackmore’s mount can run well beyond his lengthy odds.
Henry De Bromhead’s charge endured an up-and-down second-season over hurdles last term. Daybreak Boy scored two impressive victories at Navan and Clonmel, but came up well short as Aramon won a Grade Three in November and was barely mentioned when finishing at the rear of the field in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival.
De Bromhead brought his six-year-old back for a summer campaign in May and Daybreak Boy has run reasonably well in two good quality hurdles races, finishing a close second and a distant third when giving weight to his rivals and Down Royal and Wexford. This, being a handicap, is a completely different challenge to those standard hurdles races and Daybreak Boy will carry seven pounds less to post than the mark of 138 he carried into the Cheltenham Festival.
Daybreak Boy has a very good record when returning from similarly long layoffs and Rachel Blackmore was in the saddle during both of his victorious runs last term. Seeing out three miles shouldn’t be an issue and ground looks ideal. 14/1 looks a huge price for one of the classiest horses in the field.