Preview of racing in Ireland at Navan and Limerick and also a selection in the July Cup.

By Luke

The feature race of the weekend is the Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket. The past two days of racing at the Newmarket July meeting has not went well at all for favourites. There has been no winning favourite at the meeting so far with only three favourites coming in the top three. For the fourteen races so far the average priced winner has been 9.9/1.

The horse I like in the Darley July Cup is the Aidan O’Brien trained Fairyland with Derby winning jockey Seamie Heffernan in the saddle. Her stamina was tested twice this year when running in the Irish and English Guineas and putting in good efforts but she struggled to get home. This daughter of Kodiac then dropped back to five furlongs at Royal Ascot and ran a stormer in a race which would have been stronger than anything she would have raced in. The step back up to six furlongs will see her to better effect again. She ran over six furlongs five times and was only beaten on one occasion when finishing a close third at Royal Ascot back in 2018. I think she will go close at 7/1.


Race two at Navan is the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Maiden over five furlongs. Alligator Alley sets the standard here after two encouraging starts to date. He was last seen finishing third at the Curragh over six furlongs. The first and second have since boosted that form. The first, Lil Grey has came out and finished sixth at Royal Ascot. The second, Year Of The Tiger has came out and won well at Naas. I think the drop to five furlongs will suit him and I think he will be very hard to beat at 1/1.

Race three is the Foran Equine Irish EBF Fillies Auction Maiden over five furlongs. Glow Worm has been running very well without getting her head infront. She has run four times and has been placed on each occasion. She was last seen finishing a tired second at Roscommon when finding the seven furlongs a step too far. She didn’t help her chances on that occasion by being keen as well. She has good form over five furlongs finishing second on her two starts over the minimum distance. She has the most experience in the race and I’d be hopeful she can use that to her advantage and run another’s good race at 9/4.

Race four is the Cross Guns Castro Pub Handicap over five furlongs. Dapper Power has been hitting the crossbar of late finishing second by half a length at Tipperary and Down Royal. This son of Dandy Man was last seen at Tipperary when finishing second, the form from that race seems to be working out ok. The winner has since been placed twice and the fifth, True Blue Moon has came out and won at Bellewstown. For his recent efforts coming second the handicapper hasn’t raised him in the weights and I think it is only a matter of time before he gets back to winning ways. He has form at Navan winning last year over six furlongs. If he can continue to show his good form I think he will go close at 7/2.

Race seven is the Come Racing September 7th Handicap over one mile and two furlongs. Lady Rosebud put up a fine effort when finishing second at Sligo last month over the distance. She is still searching for her first win on turf but has five wins on the All Weather. She is running off a career low mark of 47 and I think with the promising young Gavin Ryan in the saddle she will go close at 13/2.


Race four is the Twilight Evenings At Limerick Racecourse Novice Chase over two miles and two furlongs. Or Jaune De Somoza has five runs over fences and hasn’t finished out of the first three. He won his beginners chase at Fairyhouse back in April when beating Stowaway Forever by half a length. He has since followed home good horses. He finished second behind Farclas at Punchestown and also finished third behind Dinons and Victoria Bay at Wexford when the two and a half miles probably stretched his stamina. I think he can return to winning ways here with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle at 5/2.

Race five is the Handipak Play Live On 25th July Beginners Chase over two miles and two furlongs. From Eden has two creditable seconds to his name over fences. The most recent of those came at Clonmel when finishing behind Cool Colonnade when giving her a pound over two miles. His chase debut came at Kilbeggan when finishing behind Put The Kettle On and it was eight lengths back to the third. I think the distance will be perfect now and if he can build on his two starts I think he will win at 5/2.

Race six is the Galway Races Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase over two miles and six furlongs. Mrs Lovett has been in good form of late running some nice races. She was last seen finishing third at Kilbeggan over a trip possibly short of her optimum. Prior to that she finished a good fourth behind the inform Peregrine Run who has won his last five races. Daryl Jacob comes over to take the ride and I think she’s will go close at 8/1.


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