Irish racing best bets – Friday tips at Navan and Dundalk

Friday’s Irish horse racing action takes in two meetings over the sticks and on the all-weather; we’ve looked through both cards to pick out our Irish racing best bets and tips on Friday.

Two meetings head to post in Ireland on Friday to complement the four fixture taking place across the UK and we have action over the sticks and on the all-weather to take in.

The day’s jumps racing action comes from the card at Navan which includes a Grade Two contest; while there is an evening all-weather fixture under the Dundalk floodlight on their polytrack surface. We’ve looked through both of the day’s racecards to pick out our Irish racing best bets and tips on Friday.


12:30 Navan – Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

FLANKING MANOEUVRE twice finished fourth between the flags for Colin Bowe and the Beat Hollow gelding has shown up well in his two starts since joining Noel Meade, winning a bumper at Downpatrick in October on his seasonal return.

He looked a useful prospect in posting that verdict, travelling well into the contest and holding a healthy advantage turning in which he wouldn’t relinquish to eventually strike by eight lengths from Corran Cross.

The fourth from that contest has won since to give the form a boost and he could improve again now tackling hurdles for his top yard.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Gavin Cromwell can win the day's feature at Navan.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Gavin Cromwell can win the day’s feature at Navan.

1:35 Navan – BetVictor Make Your Best Bet Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) 2m4f

The feature race of the day and GABYNAKO might be worth chancing at a big price to follow up his recent Naas success with Gavin Cromwell’s charge fancied to improve.

The Tirwanako gelding had finished runner-up on his two previous hurdles starts, finishing just a nose behind reopposing Fakiera at Fairyhouse last month prior to running out an easy winner next time out.

He was caught on the line in that last defeat behind Gordon Elliott’s reopposing rival but he could turn the tables now on 3lbs better terms and he was an impressive winner latest with a six lengths’ winnng margin.

The longer trip should be fine and may unlock further improvement so progress can’t be ruled out and it would be no surprise to see him in the mix.

5:00 Dundalk – Test Your Tipping Talents At PUNTERS.HOLLYWOODBETS.COM Every Dundalk Meeting Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-75) 7f

TYRCONNELL has rattled the crossbar on each of his last three starts, finishing runner-up each time; but Sarah Lynam’s charge can continue to remain competitive and he could end his streak of near-misses here.

The Bated Breath gelding hasn’t been beaten far in any of his last three outings, latterly beaten only a length behind War Hero over this course and distance last month. That winner has done little harm to the form since and the selection can compete here from the same rating.

He wouldn’t be winning out of turn given his consistent spell of near-misses and likely to make his presence felt again could get back to winning ways.