Friday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Gowran Park and Dundalk
Unlike previous days we have two meetings taking place in Ireland today and we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets at both meetings.
Two meetings head to post on Friday in Ireland with action both over the sticks and on the all-weather for punters to take in.
The day’s jumps racing action comes from Gowran Park where eight races await; while on the all-weather in the evening there is also a fixture on the all-weather from Dundalk under the floodlights.
With plenty for punters to look forward to we’ve assessed both of the day’s racecards and have picked out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets at both meetings.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT GOWRAN PARK & DUNDALK
1:22 Gowran Park – Holden Plant Rentals Novice Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
JIVING JERRY has been on good terms with himself this season, winning twice at Killarney and Galway latterly as well as making the frame in two runs inbetween.
The Jeremy gelding was last seen beating Melly And Me by two lengths at Galway last month, scoring readily under this rider and although that form has taken a couple of knocks since James Barcoe’s charge remains well-weighted despite a 6lbs rise in the handicap.
He’ll have to prove as effective on heavy ground; but he appeared to handle soft conditions no problem last time and with only 10-6 on his back he can give another good account as he bids to win again.
2:32 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m4f
Representing the all-conquering Willie Mullins yard it could pay to side with ENERGUMENE who switches to chasing and the Denham Red gelding could prove hard to beat if taking to the larger obstacles.
A Thurles bumper winner on just his second start for this yard he was impressive when running out an easy winner on his hurdles debut here back in March with a 19-lengths’ defeat of Coolagh Park.
He had won a point-to-point previous to joining the Closutton team which augurs well for his switch to the larger obstacles and proven in the ground he looks set for a big run with Paul Townend siding with him over the yard’s other runner in the race.
5:30 Dundalk – Test Your Tipping Talents At PUNTERS.HOLLYWOODBETS.COM Every Dundalk Meeting Rated Race (3yo+) 7f
Mick Halford’s runners here are always worth a look and EDIYVA looks a progressive sort who could have better to come having improved with each start since joining this yard from Dermot Weld.
The Kingman filly has finished fourth or better in all her starts to date, latterly scoring a breakthrough success here earlier in the months following a short break with a two lengths’ defeat of Jungle Cove.
She won readily that day despite looking a shade quirky; but a 6lbs rise in the weights looks workable given her potential to improve further and now handicapping she can continue her upward curve where she can register another win.
6:30 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) 6f
JERRED MADDOX has come up short the last twice behind the reopposing Pillar but might be worth chancing this time around to gain some revenge on that rival.
The Lawman gelding has made the frame in each of his last three course and distance starts, latterly beaten two lengths into second by Adrian McGuinness’ reopposing rival although the selection was trying to give 13lbs to the winner and may just have been given too much to do.
However he’s well drawn this time towards the inside and now considerably better off at the weights allied with his rider’s 3lbs claim he ought to be more competitive this time around and he can make his presence felt on these revised terms.
Assuming he doesn’t get caught too far back then he ought to go close and the consistent sort should find the frame again although a return to the winners’ enclosure wouldn’t surprise.