Friday’s best bets in Ireland – Irish racing tips for Downpatrick and Dundalk
Irish racing tips for Downpatrick and Dundalk
Fans of Irish horse racing have two meetings to ponder over on Friday and our tipping team has looked over both cards to pick out their Irish racing tips for Downpatrick and Dundalk.
The horse racing action in Ireland cranks up a gear on Friday with two meetings heading to post throughout the afternoon to complement the four UK fixtures and 15 races will unfold across both of the day’s meetings which sees flat and jumps action both on the agenda.
In the afternoon there is a fixture over the sticks from Downpatrick, while the evening action takes in all-weather racing under the Dundalk floodlights on their polytrack surface.
Our tipping team has looked over both of the day’s scheduled fixtures and have picked out their Irish racing tips for Downpatrick and Dundalk.
FRIDAY BEST BETS IN IRELAND – RACING TIPS FOR DOWNPATRICK & DUNDALK
2:17 Downpatrick – Randox Health Rated Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f
WILD SHOT has improved with each start and while still a maiden the unexposed So You Think gelding can get off the mark now over timber.
A multiple winner on the flat he’s had just four starts over hurdles where he’s yet to finish out of the frame and he was only beaten a half-length when last seen finishing runner-up at Clonmel behind Perfect Attitude.
Clear of the third he can find another jolt of improvement here and ought to to make his presence felt again although this certainly looks a competitive little contest with a few chances.
2:52 Downpatrick – Randox Health Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m2f
FASSBENDER has hit the crossbar the last twice and the Famous Name gelding can finally shed his maiden tag here.
Mark Michael NcNiff’s charge has gone close in recent runs at Sligo and over this course and distance last month, beaten four lengths on the latter occasion behind Willyouwalkwithme where he was perhaps given too much to do.
Despite the defeat it was another good effort to go with his previous silver medal and while he’s been pushed up another 2lbs in the weights he does have a good claimer up now whose 5lbs allowance can see him run off a theoretical mark of 90 so he could be handicapped to win now and no surprise if he were to get involved here.
4:32 Downpatrick – C Russell Auto Sales Ltd Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m3½f
RIGHTPLACERIGHTIME can get back to winning ways and on just his third chase start Emmet Mullins’ charge can strike.
The Kalanisi gelding lost his way over hurdles towards the latter part of last season, but he almost made his first start for his new yard a winning one when finding only one too good at Galway last month behind Breakeven.
Given that was his first outing in more than four months he may have needed the run and ought to be sharper now; he was in contention in that return but proved no match for an easy winner although there was certainly some promise and he can do better here.
5:15 Dundalk – Irish EBF Median Sires Series (C & G) Maiden (IRE Incentive race) (2yo) 7f
NAVAGIO can make the breakthrough at the third attempt and Johnny Murtagh’s charge ought to go close here.
The Footstepsinthesand gelding has finished third on both starts this term, latterly when beaten around three lengths by Willesee at the Curragh and there could be better still to come on that evidence as he travelled well in the race before fading and the drop back to seven furlongs could prove a good move switching to polytrack.
He did race quite keenly in that last run so may have to settle better if he’s to get off the mark, while he concedes weight to this field which makes things a little tougher. However he’s shaped with ability in both starts and could improve further to get off the mark.
6:15 Dundalk – Michael Cooney Memorial Handicap (3yo+ 70-100) 7f
WINDSOR PASS surely would have shed her maiden tag had she had a clearer run at the Curragh last month and the Lope De Vega filly is chanced to go one better here for her in-form yard.
Jessica Harrington’s charge has made the frame in each of her last four starts and was beaten only a neck in that latest luckless effort behind Sh Boom, travelling well in the race but unable to get a gap until it was too late.
She kept on well but the winner got first run and she couldn’t claw back the deficit although if she were to build on that effort then she could break her duck from just 3lbs higher. There’s no shortage of pace in this contest and every chance she can open her account now if handling the polytrack.