Friday Irish racing best bets – Top tips for the Curragh and Tipperary
We give our Friday Irish racing best bets for the day’s meetings at the Curragh and Tipperary.
There’s lots of Irish racing to take in on Friday with two fixtures going to post. There is flat racing action at the Curragh where it is day one of the Irish Derby weekend; while there is also jumps racing action at Tipperary where a seven-race card awaits punters including a Grade Three hurdle contest.
We’ve been in good form this week with our Irish racing best bets and with 15 more races to enjoy on Friday check out our tips for the Curragh and Tipperary as we go in search of more success.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – CURRAGH & TIPPERARY
1:30 Tipperary – Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m
More than a few familiar names going to post in this Grade Three contest and it could be worth chancing on EARLY DOORS to make a winning return to the smaller obstacles having posted some creditable efforts over fences last term.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge has solid form over hurdles, winning his first two starts which include the Grade Three Fishery Lane Hurdle a couple of seasons ago before finding only Mengli Khan too strong in a Grade One next time.
Third in the 2018 Martin Pipe Hurdle, the Soldier Of Fortune gelding went one place better the following year and he ran four times over fences last campaign where he finished runner-up on three occasions including when last seen at Punchestown.
He reverts to hurdles here for his seasonal bow where he’s rated 1lb lower than his last win at Cheltenham and he could still have more to offer as a hurdler; while he has gone well fresh in the past previously so it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see him go well in this contest where he could outrun his big price.
3:35 Tipperary – Junction Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-95) 2m4f
MARIA FRANCESCA showed glimpses of ability over hurdles last term when trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and the Califet mare could be worth chancing on her first start for Gordon Elliott following seven months off.
Fourth when last seen at Ffos Las, finishing some twenty lengths off Special Princess, she possibly wasn’t suited by the heavy conditions that day although she still managed to finish ahead of a subsequent winner and this better ground could well see an improved effort equipped now with a first-time hood.
The Irish assessor might be taking a risk giving her a mark of 93 on her first start for Elliott, while the booking of Davy Russell catches the eye. The yard does well with its’ cast-offs from England and this isn’t a strong race she steps out in so every chance she can make her presence felt in an ordinary-looking contest.
5:15 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m
BEARBERRY showed plenty to work on when finding only one too good on her recent racecourse debut, finishing ahead of a couple of these rivals in the process.
Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten just under two lengths by a very useful looking winner from Dermot Weld’s camp; but she ran on well late having looked green early and she’s sure to progress in the wake of that promising first run.
The fourth from that race did the form no harm with a solid run at Roscommon a few days ago and she looks the pick of the yard’s runners in this contest. Sure to improve she ought to go close here and no surprise if she goes one place better than on her debut effort.
5:45 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (3yo+) 1m
AGITARE sets a solid standard for the others to aim at and Jim Bolger’s charge can get off the mark having run well on his recent reappearance.
The Teofilo colt brings plenty of experience to this table, finishing runner-up on each of his first two juvenile starts behind Cormorant and Sinawann respectively and he shaped better than the bare result over a trip possibly too sharp for him when finishing fourth to Royal Dornoch next time.
Subsequently tried in a Group Three where he was beaten only three lengths by Mogul into third, he ran well in defeat again on his final start of that campaign.
Back in a Group Three for his last outing where he was stepped up in trip to contest the Derrinstown Derby Trial, he eventually finished around three lengths’ fourth to Cormorant and with the runner-up winning since that form looks hard to ignore.
Dropping back to one mile here and returning to maiden company, he could prove a tough nut to crack if progressing for that solid reappearance and he looks the one to beat here. He’s at the top of our Friday Irish racing best bets list and our Irish nap of the day.