Friday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Down Royal and Dundalk

Irish racing tips on Friday at Down Royal and Kilbeggan.Irish racing tips on Friday at Down Royal and Kilbeggan.

Friday Irish racing best bets

Two meetings head to post in Ireland on the flat and over the sticks and our tipping team pick out their Friday Irish racing best bets and tips for both meetings.

There is some classy horse racing action going to post in Ireland throughout Friday where two meetings head to post on the flat and over the sticks for punters to ponder over in pursuit of winners.

It is WKD Hurdle day at Down Royal over the sticks, the first of two excellent days’ racing at the Northern Irish track; while on the all-weather under the floodlights in the evening there is a fixture on the polytrack at Dundalk.

15 races will go to post across both fixtures and our tipping team pick out their Friday Irish racing best bets and tips at both fixtures.

FRIDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR DOWN ROYAL & DUNDALK

1:45 Down Royal – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m1f


It might be worth giving a chance to ANNIE G who had looked progressive in winning twice last term and for whom plenty went wrong at Tipperary when making her return to action at the beginning of the month following a break.

A winner of a Listed contest at Galway in July she jumped poorly on her latest run as well as being hampered on more than one occasion so it was perhaps a more creditable run than it appears at face value finishing fourth behind Purple Mountain.

She has a 7lbs swing at the weights in her favour with that rival and if brushing up her jumping then she could well bounce back here with a better effort.

3:30 Down Royal – Tote Ten To Follow Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m3½f


High-class hurdler BEACON EDGE can make a successful switch to chasing on his return and Noel Meade’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack if transferring his smart hurdles form to the larger obstacles.

The Boyne Hurdle winner back in February, he travelled well for a long way in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before his stamina gave out and he was still pitching in the Punchestown equivalent when falling.

He could do better still now his attentions are switched to chasing where he looks one to note in this sphere and with the potential to do well over the larger obstacles he could post a big run.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Beacon Edge can win at the first attempt over fences at Down Royal on Friday.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Beacon Edge can win at the first attempt over fences at Down Royal on Friday.

4:05 Down Royal – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m½f


WEIHNACHTS had been progressing well over the larger obstacles last term, landing wins at Fairyhouse and Gowran Park before running below his best back over hurdles at Tipperary in May, beaten forty lengths by Aoibhe’s Beau. However back over fences for this reappearance from five months off Philip Rothwell’s charge can do better.

The Beat Hollow gelding didn’t find a great deal off the bridle that day but it was his first run in three months and perhaps the edge was just missing from him following some good runs over the larger obstacles.

That is a slight worry here that he may just need this, but with rain around and form in testing ground he could be worth chancing reverting to chasing here.

5:45 Dundalk – View Restaurant At Dundalk Handicap (3yo+) 6f


LAUGH A MINUTE almost got back to winning ways in a valuable contest at York earlier in the month and a repeat of that performance can see Aido McGuinness’ charge back on the scoresheet in an easier contest.

The Mayson gelding has been kept busy since winning a Listed race at Cork back in April and his form has largely been patchy although to be fair to him he has kept good company throughout the season, competing mostly in the valuable Irish handicap sprints and he should appreciate this less demanding grade.

Only beaten a half-length in York’s Coral Sprint Trophy when last seen he is only up 3lbs here and he can end his losing streak.