Best bets at the Curragh and Down Royal – Friday’s Irish horse racing tips

We give our best bets for the Curragh and Down Royal on Friday.We give our best bets for the Curragh and Down Royal on Friday.

With two meetings heading to post for Friday’s Irish racing action we pick out our best bets at the Curragh and Down Royal.

It is Irish Cambridgeshire day at the Curragh on Friday and the competitive Premier Handicap contest spearheads a racecard that also includes a trio of Group Three contests.

An eight-race card awaits punters on what promises to be a thrilling afternoon on the flat and the day’s feature meeting is ably supported by an afternoon fixture over the sticks at Down Royal which stages an all-hurdles card on Friday.

We’ve taken a look over both of Friday’s Irish racing fixtures and pick out our Friday best bets at the Curragh and Down Royal on an excellent afternoon of horse racing action.


2:40 Curragh – Kilcarn Stud Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (2yo) 1m

MEALA is given another chance having acquitted herself well in defeat in the recent Debutante Stakes here and if none the worse for that run just six days on then Jim Bolger’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Epaulette filly has shown steadily progressive form and she ran out an impressive winner over Unmeyaat at Galway in July, scoring by a wide margin prior to making the step up to Group Two level for her last assignment.

She ran well for a long way there, challenging into the last furlong but unable to sustain her effort and match the front three who pulled away from her. However she could improve for this extra furlong and slightly easier grade, while that run showed she can act on soft ground.

While she might prove vulnerable to one with more scope she remains one to be interested in still and she can make her presence felt again here.

3:40 Curragh – Paddy Power Irish Cambridgeshire (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m

A three-time winner last term including in soft ground, JASSAAR can get back to winning ways for Dermot Weld in this competitive handicap contest which he won twelve months ago.

The Dansili gelding has a good record at this venue, winning twice and making the frame on two other occasions from his four starts at the premier Irish track although his last win came in this race when beating Current Option and he disappointed on his final outing behind the same rival on his last run of the campaign.

Having looked in need of the run on his reappearance at Cork, he was then beaten only a half-length into third behind Could Be King at Naas last month and he wasn’t seen to best effect latest at Galway in the Ahonoora Handicap where he finished ninth.

He’s been eased 2lbs following that run and it is interesting that the headgear he wore last time is quickly removed. The presence of a 3lbs claimer further eases his burden at the weights and effectively allows him to compete here from just 2lbs higher than the mark from which he won this race twelve months ago and he can give another good account with his yard in top form.

Dermot Weld's Jassaar can win a second Irish Cambridgeshire.

Dermot Weld’s Jassaar can win a second Irish Cambridgeshire.

4:10 Curragh – Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes (Group 3) (2yo) 6f

It could be worth chancing TERESA MENDOZA to build on her impressive debut win over course and distance last month and Ken Condon’s charge could prove a smart prospect.

The Territories filly was green early in that debut effort, but she quickly learned the ropes and was travelling well entering the last quarter-mile. Launching her challenge entering the final furlong she soon led and showed a decent turn of foot to put the race in safe-keeping.

That form has since been boosted with the runner-up winning twice since and getting to within a short-head of Chief Little Hawk – who contests this race – at Naas five days ago.

She has softer ground to contend with here, but she went well on the yielding terrain in that debut and ought to cope; while she is open to improvement on the back of her debut effort and can make her presence felt here for her in-form yard.

4:25 Down Royal – Ladbrokes Live Streaming Hurdle (4yo+) 3m½f

Back over hurdles it might be worth chancing DINONS who was progressive previously in this sphere before switching to chasing last term where he proved himself a decent sort with three wins over fences.

Gordon Elliott’s charge was last seen finishing mid-field behind Early Doors in the Galway Plate but returns to the smaller obstacles here where he might have some unfinished business having pulled up on his last start over timber.

That however came in the 2019 Albert Bartlett Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival; he had won five of his previous seven hurdles starts and could go well back in this sphere with the ground unlikely to faze him given he has won on heavy ground over fences.

Assuming the switch back to hurdling can rekindle some old sparkle then the Balko gelding could go close with his earlier form over timber giving him solid claims if back to his best.