Friday Irish racing best bets – Tips for Punchestown and Dundalk
We’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing best bets as two meetings head to post over the sticks and on the all-weather.
Friday’s fixture list of Irish horse racing meetings sees two meetings heading to post with both jumps racing and action on the all-weather for punters to take in alongside four meetings in the UK including the Cheltenham International meeting.
Friday’s fixtures across the Irish Sea sees jumping from Punchestown where a six-race card awaits, while on the all-weather in the evening there is a meeting at Dundalk under the floodlights on their polytrack surface.
We’ve assessed both of the day’s racecards taking place to give our Friday Irish racing best bets and tips for each meeting.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR PUNCHESTOWN & DUNDALK
12:25 Punchestown – GAIN Supporting Laois GAA Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m
IFICUDIWUD is a sporting each-way pick on just his second start over the larger obstacles and the Trans Island gelding can do better than his recent fifth in this sphere at Limerick in this contest which has been rearranged from last Sunday following the abandonment of Sunday’s fixture.
Noel Meade’s charge had shown progressive form over hurdles previously, winning twice either side of a break with victories at Roscommon and Fairyhouse although his season ended on a low note when he unseated his rider during an outing at Naas back in March.
He may just have been in need of the run when doing too much in front at Limerick on his return, but he offered encouragement that he could develop into a potentially decent chaser in finishing fifth in that contest where he faded once headed turning in.
He should strip fitter for that however and he can put his fitness to good use this time where the drop back to the minimum trip could help.
With a good claiming rider up again to take off 5lbs he can improve with his reappearance effort under his belt and no surprise to see a better effort this time around.
1:35 Punchestown – Punchestown Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m½f
HE’S A HARDY BLOKE didn’t quite live up to expectations when only finishing third on his hurdles debut at Down Royal at the end of October, but with that experience under his belt Noel Meade’s charge might be able to build on the outing where he can get back to winning ways.
The Aizavoski gelding has struck wins both on in the point-to-point ranks and under Rules when landing a Clonmel bumper in October; he wasn’t unfancied to make a winning start to life over hurdles but was a shade disappointing in only crossing the line in third where he was beaten thirty lengths.
That form though has been boosted with the winner going on to win the Grade One Royal Bond Hurdle so he perhaps can’t be judged too harsly in that defeat and he could step up markedly for the run and experience which will likely have taught him plenty.
A first-time tongue-tie is also added to the mix and with the potential to improve it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him going close.
5:00 Dundalk – Irishinjuredjockeys.com Maiden (Div II) (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m
OH SAY has been steadily progressive in his runs this year and the Starspangledbanner colt can open his win account here at the fifth attempt.
Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten only two lengths when last seen over this course and distance last month, finishing third to Ratib when ridden more aggressively than had been the case before and a repeat of that effort could prove good enough in a relatively ordinary heat.
He was drawn widest of all on that occasion so the effort has to be marked up as a result and while he’s better drawn here towards the middle there’s no real competition for the lead and he might be sent on to try and make all under rider Tom Madden.
If that is the case then he could prove hard to peg back from the front and with the benefit of experience over a good number of these rivals he looks the strongest option to come out on top.
6:00 Dundalk – Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f
PALOISE didn’t show much in a trio of starts in maiden company which included over course and distance on debut; but the Dabirsim filly stepped up markedly when tried in a first-time visor for her latest outing.
Making her handicap debut Bill McCreery’s charge finished just over one length third behind Stop On Red and might have finished closer but for meeting trouble in running. Hampered entering the last furlong she needed switched and ran on well to snatch the bronze medal close home and she could do better if backing up that performance.
The handicapper has eased her 1lb in the weights while the headgear remains present and from a decent draw where she might get a decent pace to aim at she can make her presence felt in an open contest where she could improve on that latest outing.