Friday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Gowran Park & Dundalk

Friday’s Irish racing fixture list takes in two meetings on the flat and over jumps; we’ve looked through each of the day’s cards and pick out our Friday Irish racing best bets at Gowran Park and Dundalk.

As four meetings head to post across the UK on Friday there are also two fixtures taking place in Ireland and the day’s racing action across the Irish Sea comes over the sticks at Gowran Park; while there is also an evening all-weather fixture as we return to the Dundalk polytrack.

After a winning NAP and 7/2 winner on Thursday from our selections we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing best bets at both meetings.


3:10 Gowran Park – Watch Irish Racing On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m

RICKY LANGFORD has shown bits and pieces of ability since being sent handicapping and the Alkaadhem gelding finally broke his maiden when scoring at Wexford last month; Philip Rothwell’s charge could be up to the task of following up and is chanced to do so.

He’d largely been running on testing ground last term, but returning from six months off and faced with a better surface he ran out a ready seven lengths’ victor over Storm Flight, staying on well and winning a shade comfortably in the end.

That form has admittedly taken a couple of knocks and a subsequent 8lbs rise in the weights certainly demands more although a good chunk of that is offset by his rider’s 7lbs allowance. The tongue-tie he wore last time might have been a factor in his improvement and while he has a bit of work to do to back up that last success he can go well here with that win under his belt which might spur him on to do better still.

4:20 Gowran – Download The BoyleSports App Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

BREAD AND BUTTER has shown improvement this term, returning from lockdown to post successive victories at Tipperary and Roscommon although he disappointed on his next outing at Tipperary where he jumped poorly and was eventually pulled up.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge however almost bounced back when denied only by a nose latest at Punchestown where he was arguably unluck, bungling the last hurdle which robbed him of momentum although he battled on well to the line in a first-time tongue-tie.

Headgear is retained here and that form has been boosted since with the third winning next time out. He does have a 4lbs rise to contend with, but he can make amends here and get back on the winning trail.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Gavin Cromwell can saddle a Gowran Park winner.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Gavin Cromwell can saddle a Gowran Park winner.

4:35 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Race (3yo+) 5f

All might not have been well with BRUNELLE when last seen disappointing at Naas in a Listed race on her return, but Ger Lyons’ Kodiac filly is chanced to bounce back after another break and she can do better.

A dual-winner last term which included a victory over course and distance, she had been thought good enough to contest the Group Three Round Tower Stakes inbetween those successes where although only finishing sixth of seven runners she was beaten just four lengths behind Lope Y Fernandez who has gone on to do some good things.

Possibly amiss last time given she found nil when asked for effort in the Listed Polonia Stakes she has since been given a break and remains capable of better for her shrewd yard. Back at the scene of her last success might spark a better effort and with the yard in fair form she can give a good account here.

5:10 Dundalk – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes (Listed Race) (2yo) 5f

STEEL BULL looked a classy prospect when winning his first two starts, scoring at Naas on debut and then heading to Glorious Goodwood where he ran out a winner of the Group Three Molecomb Stakes.

Michael O’Callaghan’s charge possibly found the trip too far when only seventh in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes when tried at six furlongs; but the Clodovil colt ran better than the result when crossing the line in fifth in the Flying Childers, hampered late and a repeat of that effort back down in class could see him get back to winning ways.

That was a strong renewal of that Group Two prize and he was carried across the track by the winner; it is debatable whether he would have won, but he’d surely have finished closer and he had a pair of subsequent winners behind him.

This is an easier grade and assuming he handles the polytrack then there’s no reason why he can’t bounce back to make his presence felt here.