Dundalk best bets on Friday – Today’s Irish all-weather racing tips
Dundalk best bets on Friday 8 January
Only one Irish horse racing meeting goes to post on Friday with the action coming on the all-weather at Dundalk where eight races await punters on the polytrack surface with the meeting ending under the floodlights.
We’ve looked through the day’s Irish horse racing action and sole fixture taking place to pick out our Dundalk best bets on Friday.
DUNDALK BEST BETS ON FRIDAY 8 JANUARY – IRISH ALL-WEATHER RACING TIPS
4:30 Dundalk – Join Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Claiming Race (4yo+) 1m
RAPHAEL won two of three starts for Kevin Prendergast prior to his switch to Adrian McGuinness but the Roderic O’connor gelding has produced patchy form for his current handler although he did manage to win over course and distance two starts back in October.
Also a winner at Killarney over the summer he was last seen finishing a creditable fourth behind Bucky Larson over this course and distance back in November where he possibly made his effort too soon and he was overhauled close home.
That run may have come too soon just seven days on from his previous success and he’s since been freshened up by a break so he looks capable of posting a bold bid here on his return to action.
5:30 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Horse Racing And Sports Betting Rated Race (4yo+) 7f
A high numbered draw isn’t ideal but it might be worth chancing TONY THE GENT to get back to winning ways and the Kodiac gelding could go one better than his latest run over this course last month.
Formerly with Denis Hogan he was competing over one mile in that last start where he was beaten less than one length behind Juyush on his first start for James McAuley and a 2lbs rise for that run leaves him well-treated still on historic form.
He’s been drawn towards the outside in this contest which isn’t the best place to be but he should nevertheless remain competitive and a repeat of his last outing ought to see him the frame once more.
6:30 Dundalk – Find Us On Facebook @dundalkstadium Handicap (4yo+) 2m
MAKE THE SWITCH was fair on turf for Dermot Welt and struck at the first time of asking following his move to John McConnell, albeit that run came over hurdles.
The Dansili gelding has been switching between hurdling and the all-weather since and he got back to winning ways latest when beating Crassus by two lengths over twelve furlongs at this venue last month and there could be more to come from him as he steps back up to two miles.
He won a shade cosily in that success last time and both the runner-up and fourth have run well back over obstacles. The handicapper though has reacted with an 8lbs rise in the handicap but he nonetheless ought to continue to make his presence felt and with the longer trip no issue he should be involved at the business end under his good 7lbs claimer.