Friday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Navan and Dundalk
Friday Irish horse racing best bets on 29 January
We pick out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets for both of the day’s fixtures over the sticks and on the all-weather.
As three meetings head to post across the UK on Friday there are also two fixtures taking place across the Irish Sea with action both over the sticks and on the all-weather throughout the day.
16 races will unfold across both of the day’s meetings which sees jumps racing from Navan on turf and all-weather racing on the Dundalk polytrack with the meeting concluding under the floodlights.
We’ve looked through both of the day’s meetings in Ireland where we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing tips and best bets for the afternoon and evening.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT NAVAN & DUNDALK
1:55 Navan – Navan Handicap Hurdle (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m4f
AGUSTA GOLD landed her latest win over hurdles when striking over this course and distance back in January 2019 and while she’s been campaigned over fences these past couple of campaigns the Gold Well mare is of interest back over timber.
Mags Mullins’ charge has proven a very useful and consistent chaser, winning at Thurles and holding her own in Graded company last term; she over came almost eleven months off when narrowly getting the better of Moyhenna at Fairyhouse earlier in the month, scoring by a half-length and if she can translate her chase form back to hurdling she can go close.
That start came after almost eleven months off so she’ll surely strip fitter for that outing and she ran well on her last start over hurdles saw her finish in the runner-up berth in a Listed contest at Cheltenham off this mark back in April 2019 before going over fences.
It would be no surprise to see her going close here off this rating reverting to the smaller obstacles and having won on heavy ground in the past should make her presence felt.
3:00 Navan – Wilkinstown Beginners Chase (5yo+) 3m
DEFI BLEU was a winner over hurdles at this venue a couple of seasons ago after which he made the frame in a number of Graded contests which included the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Saddler Maker gelding returned from a lengthy absence to post a creditable third behind Blackbow over two miles at this venue in November and he was still in the mix when falling at Leopardstown over Christmas in the race won by January Jets.
He departed the race two out having largely jumped well until that point and if none the worse for that fall he could be worth chancing to bounce back here stepping up markedly in trip which shouldn’t present a problem given he placed over the distance over hurdles.
With his yard in good fettle he can deliver a big performance assuming the heavy ground doesn’t catch him out although he’s run well on soft ground in the past and can prove conditions to be of no hindrance by getting back to winning ways on just his third start over the larger obstacles.
4:30 Dundalk – Irishinjuredjockeys.com Claiming Race (4yo+) 1m2½f
TONKINESE could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways dropped into claiming company and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can go close.
A two-time turf winner last summer he’s largely been running well on this surface this term with his most recent outing seeing him finish just over two lengths’ third behind Scholastic over two miles here earlier in the month.
The Authorized gelding has been put in at a relatively modest price so he ought to be capable of a big run from this weight while his 5lbs claiming rider adds further strength to his chances as he drops back to ten furlongs.
He’s proven versatile with regards to trip and he’s placed four times here over the distance; while the application of blinkers for the first time could elicit some measure of improvement and he can get back on the scoresheet here.
5:00 Dundalk – Find Us On Facebook @dundalkstadium Handicap (4yo+ 45-75) 1m
EMPHATIC has taken well to his return to polytrack, winning three of his last four starts on the surface and the Epaulette gelding arrives here in search of a hat-trick of wins.
John Larkin’s charge has struck both those recent wins over this distance with only narrow margins each time which may have the handicapper struggling to catch up with him and there’s the potential for better to come still on this surface.
His latest win saw him run out a neck winner over Neyland seven days ago, overcoming the widest draw to score a shade cosily and a further 6lbs rise in the ratings might not prevent a follow up if he arrives here in similar fettle.
The yard are in good form and he’s much better drawn this time around so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.