Irish racing best bets on Friday – Tips for Dundalk and Sligo

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Irish racing best bets on Friday

Fans of Irish racing have two meetings to ponder over on Friday with action on the flat and on the all-weather; our tipping team pick out their Irish racing best bets on Friday.

Friday’s fixture list in Ireland sees two meetings going to post on the day for punters to ponder over and 15 races will unfold across the day’s meetings with action both over the sticks and on the all-weather.

Friday’s jumps racing action comes from Sligo where seven races await, while eight go to post in the evening on the polytrack at Dundalk with that racecard featuring Group Three action with the Mercury Stakes the highlight under the floodlights.

Our tipping team has looked over the day’s racing in the Emerald Isle to pick out their Irish racing best bets on Friday and tips for both meetings.


3:30 Sligo – Visit Handicap Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+ 80-95) 2m4f

This isn’t a strong race and it might be worth chancing on DREAMY LEAMY following a three-month break to get off the mark.

The Doyen gelding was last seen finishing a fair fifth behind Naturally Blond at Killarney back in July on just his second start back following a lengthy absence and Mark Michael McNiff’s charge could have more to offer given he remains low mileage.

Plenty went wrong for him in that Killarney outing last time, twice meeting with trouble in running having raced keenly throughout and his jumping let him down late on where he made a couple of late mistakes.

There might be a bigger performance in him and in a weak contest he can make his presence felt.


4:05 Sligo – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 3m1½f

CHURCHSTONEWARRIOR has shaped well on both hurdles starts either side of landing a breakthrough win in a Thurles bumper and Jonathan Sweeney’s charge can open his account in this sphere at the third attempt.

That bumper win saw him run out a wide margin winner and there was a lot to like about his latest runner-up effort when stepped up to three miles at Thurles in February where he was beaten three lengths by Ain’t That A Shame.

He might have won that contest but for a momentum-stopping error at the last which handed the initiative to his rival and both the third and fifth horses home have won since to give the form some substance.

This further step up in trip is sure to suit and while has to give away weight all round to this field he could prove equal to the task with the potential for further improvement to come.


Irish racing best bets on Friday. Trainer Johnny Murtagh can win the evening's feature race at Dundalk.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Trainer Johnny Murtagh can win the evening’s feature race at Dundalk.

6:45 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Nursery Handicap (2yo) 5f

RHYTHM OF ZAIN could prove hard to peg back here and the Dragon Pulse gelding can win again having struck when last seen at Navan earlier in the month.

Kieran Cotter’s charge had also won at Naas in September and he produced a career-best effort to beat Areille by three-parts of a length on his last outing, setting a steady gallop and finding plenty late on.

He’s up 8lbs for that win but a good claimer comes in for the ride to offset the bulk of that increase and if he can replicate that performance back on polytrack he could prove tough to catch around here if given a soft lead.

With the potential for further improvement to come he can progress again to land another success here.


7:15 Dundalk – Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Pat Smullen Mercury Stakes (Group 3) (2yo+) 5f

URBAN BEAT wasn’t seen to best effect behind Master Matt at Tipperary in a Listed race back in August, stumbling leaving the stalls and not ideally placed before running on into third and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can get back to winning ways here.

The Red Jazz gelding had beaten the same rival at the Curragh in June before posting a very good third in the City Walls Stakes at York; he also took this race twelve months ago and has made the frame on all three starts on polytrack.

He wore a visor when taking this prize last year and that headgear returns which could be a positive and if he can break better from the stalls this time then he ought to make his presence felt.