Friday Irish racing best bets – Racing tips for Sligo & Dundalk

Friday sees two meetings going to post in Ireland and we’ve looked through both of the day’s cards where we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing best bets for Sligo and Dundalk.

There’ll be plenty of focus on the Friday fixture at Cheltenham with the Showcase Meeting getting underway; but in Ireland there are two meetings going to post with jumps racing in the afternoon at Sligo, while on the all-weather in the evening is a fixture at Dundalk.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards in Ireland and pick out our Friday Irish racing best bets and tips for each meeting. Check them out below.


2:33 Sligo – Cleveragh Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1½f

FARCEUR DU LARGE was thought capable of better than he ultimately showed last campaign over hurdles, but his break seems to have done him good judging on his reappearance success at Downpatrick earlier in the month where the Turgeon gelding ran out a six lengths’ victor over Max Flamingo.

Noel Meade’s charge won readily that day, only needing pushed out to score and he can continue to improve for racing with this drop back in trip unlikely to present a problem.

He represents a yard in form and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the five year old take a forward step on the back of that reappearance win so every chance he can follow up here.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Noel Meade can saddle a Sligo winner.

3:08 Sligo – Garvogue River Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m1½f

PAULA’S PRAYER has returned to hurdles in decent form following a spell on the flat, finishing runner-up in each of her last two starts and Conor O’Dwyer’s charge can get off the mark in this sphere now.

The Pour Moi mare was only beaten a neck at Downpatrick on her return to hurdles but was well-beaten subsequently behind Gotthenod at Punchestown where she found less than expected. She still finished clear of the third and this longer trip might prove more to her liking so she might be worth giving another chance to despite being 2lbs higher.

Although she’s yet to get her head in front in her career she represents a yard that is in decent fettle and no surprise to see her involved again at the finish.

5:10 Dundalk – Story Of Dundalk Stadium Book Available Online Apprentice Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 7f

EVERYHOURONTHEHOUR is given another chance having bombed out when favourite here last Friday, beating only two horses home.

William Ross’ charge blew the start on that occasion, rearing as the stalls opened and giving up several lengths from which the Dragon Pulse gelding never recovered and that run is best forgiven.

He had been in decent heart prior to that run, winning at Gowran Park and finding only one too good on his next outing at the Curragh prior to turning in that latest effort. However, he can bounce back quickly and the dual-course winner is given another chance to build on his earlier good runs.

Assuming he can get away to a better start this time around then it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him turn in a much better performance and he can atone for last week’s mishap.

7:45 Dundalk – Follow Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Maiden (Div II) (3yo+) 1m2½f

PARTY SEASON shaped with some promise on his debut at Leopardstown in August although he certainly ran as needing the experience; the American Pharoah colt subsequently built on that performance to post a very good third behind Emiyn at Listowel last month.

Both those runs came in testing conditions, but Aidan O’Brien’s charge can make his presence felt switching to polytrack where he is open to plenty of improvement and his breeding suggests he can improve markedly for the move to this surface.

Likely to have more to come he can progress again after just two starts and it would be no shock to see him firmly in the mix here.