Irish Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets on the Friday Cards at Tipperary and Down Royal

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Friday's action comes on the level at Tipperary and over jumps at Down Royal.Irish Horse Racing Tips. Friday's action comes on the level at Tipperary and over jumps at Down Royal.

Irish Horse Racing Tips – Friday, August 26

The main action in Ireland on Friday comes from Tipperary, which hosts a seven-race Flat card. As well as this, Down Royal provides us with a competitive seven-race Jumps card. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.


Agartha (6.00 Tipperary)

The Coolmore Stud No Nay Never Fairy Bridge Stakes is the feature race at Tipperary on Friday, and this year’s renewal of the Group 3 can go to Joseph O’Brien’s AGARTHA.

This daughter of Caravaggio was a top-class juvenile last season, finishing second in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud at the Curragh, following on from an impressive Group 2 victory.

Agartha hasn’t managed to add to her tally in four starts this campaign, yet she went close in a pair of Leopardstown Group 3s before finding the top level too hot the last twice.

Agatha comes out well on these terms with an official mark of 107, and being ridden positively dropped back to an extended 7f can work the oracle here.

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Joseph O'Brien can land the feature race at Tipperary on Friday with Agartha.

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Joseph O’Brien can land the feature race at Tipperary on Friday with Agartha.


Duffle Coat (7.00 Down Royal) – 15/2

Down Royal hosts a competitive seven-race card on Friday and the best bet comes in the feature Linden Foods Hurdle where preference goes to Gordon Elliott’s DUFFLE COAT.

This gelding was 4-4 as a juvenile hurdler, claiming the Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham in November when conceding 5lb to the now 152-rated Adagio.

Duffle Coat didn’t really kick on as hoped last season, struggling in a trio of competitive handicap hurdles, but he caught the eye when sixth in a Galway handicap on the level on seasonal reappearance last month.

Duffle Coat finished sixth there, and given that four of the five horses ahead of him were ridden prominently, and that Duffle Coat raced towards the rear of midfield, it looks like a performance worth upgrading. Given it was also Duffle Coat’s first start since January, he is entitled to strip fitter here, and he’s still open to improvement hurdling over this trip.

First-time blinkers now go on, and Davy Russell takes over in the saddle.