Irish racing best bets on Friday – Tips for Dundalk and Down Royal

Irish racing best bets on Friday at Down Royal and Dundalk.Irish racing best bets on Friday at Down Royal and Dundalk.

We pick out our Irish racing best bets on Friday where two fixtures head to post throughout the day.

While four meetings head to post across the UK there are also two supporting cards in Ireland for punters to take in where jumps racing takes place at Down Royal, while there is also all-weather action from Dundalk.

Our top tipsters have looked over both of the day’s cards and have picked out their Irish racing best bets on Friday with tips for each meeting.


1:15 Down Royal – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo+) 2m½f

Queen’s Brook finished third in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival back in March but made heavy weather of landing the odds on his hurdling debut earlier in the month. However BRAVE WAY was an impressive scorer on her own hurdles debut at Kilbeggan 18 days ago and Henry de Bromhead’s charge could be the way to go.

The former is open to plenty of improvement, but the Jeremy mare won largely untroubled and only needed pushed out to score by seven lengths from Champagne Diva who has since finished runner-up again and there’s likely plenty of improvement to come from her also on the back of that introduction.

Also a winner of a point-to-point prior to joining this yard she showed enough in that last outing to suggest the drop to two miles for this latest run won’t prove a concern and she might be able to find sufficient improvement to down Gordon Elliott’s rival where she can confirm herself as a potentially smart prospect this term.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Henry de Bromhead can saddle a Down Royal winner.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Henry de Bromhead can saddle a Down Royal winner.

2:25 Down Royal – Lough Construction Ltd. Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 3m

SELECT OPPORTUNITY can build on his recent reappearance at Fairyhouse where he might have needed the run and the Fruits Of Love gelding can get back on the scoresheet.

Edward Cawley’s charge won both his starts last term, scoring over fences and hurdles and he shaped quite well on his return at Fairyhouse earlier this month when finishing sixth over the larger obstacles behind Lord Lariat. He’s likely to be sharper though with that under his belt and every chance he can take a forward step now.

He returns to hurdles for this latest outing where he remains fairly weighted judging on his higher chase rating and he won a shade cosily when last contesting over timber which has since been franked form-wise with a number of subsequent winners coming out of that race. A return to three miles also need not be an issue and it would be no surprise to see him going well for an in-form operation.

3:35 Down Royal – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m½f

BRIDGE NATIVE has been highly consistent over both hurdles and fences this term, winning in both spheres and Dot Love’s charge can get back on the mark returning to the larger obstacles for this latest outing.

The Stowaway mare registered chase wins at Tramore and Downpatrick earlier in the campaign and got to with a head of Scheu Time on her last chase start at Galway earlier this month. She’s since bagged another silver medal over hurdles at Limerick and ran well in defeat on the level at Navan eight days ago.

There’s a slight worry then that a busy spell might catch up with her, but given her current good vein of form over obstacels she might be worth chancing to strike here with a slight pull in the weights in her favour with reopposing Scheu Time and the drop in trip likely to see her in better light.

5:00 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Handicap (3yo+ 45-65) 5f

PILLAR availed of a tumbling handicap mark following a spell out of luck to end his losing streak at this venue seven days ago and it might be worth sticking with Adrian McGuinness’ charge to follow up.

That run came over six furlongs and he was seen to maximum effect from the front under Colin Keane, quickly out of the stalls and always prominent despite a high draw where he held on for a neck success over Red Cymbal and a subsequent 3lbs rise for that win leaves him on a workable mark given his historic form.

That rival reopposes here and ought to remain competitive; but dropping back to the minimum distance for this outing can see the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding uphold last week’s positions and end an unwelcome record of never winning back-to-back in his career.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Colin Keane can ride a Dundalk winner.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Colin Keane can ride a Dundalk winner.

7:00 Dundalk – Handicap (3yo+ 45-65) 1m

CHAGALL can get back to winning ways here and Ed Lynam’s charge can continue to make his presence felt.

The Slade Power gelding has been in good form since returning from a break, scoring twice which includes over course and distance back in September and he’s finished third in each of his last two starts here; the latest of those came two weeks ago when beaten two lengths behind Crystal Dawn and the four-year old can go two places better back up in trip.

He almost benefited from an enterprising run on that occasion, kicking clear off the bend but run down in the last furlong and a return to one mile will suit over which he remains unexposed.

The form has been boosted by the winner going in again since along with the fifth horse home and he can contest here from the same mark so every chance he can get involved once more.