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

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Irish racing best bets on Friday

Fans of Irish horse racing have two meetings to puzzle over on Friday and we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Irish racing best bets on Friday.

Punters following the action in Ireland on Friday have two meetings to puzzle over in pursuit of winners and there is action both over the sticks and on the flat with the Listowel Harvest Festival continuing with a mixed flat and jumps racing fixture; while Dundalk are also going to post on the all-weather in the evening.

Our tipping team has been busy looking over the Friday action to pick out their Irish racing best bets on Friday and tips for both cards.


1:40 Listowel – John J. Galvin Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f

SAN SALVADOR has shown some ability in bumpers, getting off the mark at the fifth attempt when scoring at Killarney last month and there could be more to come from Joseph O’Brien’s charge now as his attentions switch to hurdling.

The El Salvador gelding ran out a narrow winner over his last start, beating One Last Tango by three parts of a length, making all but idling in front although he held off all challengers from which both the runner-up and third have gone on to win since.

This doesn’t look the strongest of contests for which to make his hurdles debut and he ought to be well up to making his presence felt now tackling obstacles.

3:55 Listowel – Paud, Sarah & Mary Fitzmaurice Memorial Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-109) 2m4f

BUTTONS AND BOWS won for this column when scoring at Wexford earlier in the month and it might be worth chancing on Patrick Flynn’s mare to follow up here now she’s got off the mark in this discipline.

The Flemensfirth mare had won twice previously over hurdles and had shown some fair form over the larger obstacles in the first half of 2021 prior to a break. Following a decent third on the flat at Tramore she improved back over fences latest with a ready defeat of Allardyce and there’s likely more to come from her.

She seemed to relish the stiffer test of stamina on that occasion and unexposed over this trip she will ave conditions in her favour and a 10lbs rise in the weights for that last victory may not be enough of a burden in preventing a repeat assuming she turns out here in similar form.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Ger Lyons can win the feature race at Dundalk.

Irish racing best bets on Friday. Ger Lyons can win the feature race at Dundalk.

6:45 Dundalk – Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Diamond Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m2½f

IDES OF AUGUST has been steadily progressive this term and Ger Lyons’ charge can make the return to Group company a winning one.

The More Than Ready gelding won on debut last June at Leopardstown before tackling Group Two and Listed contests where he cut little ice. However he’s improved from two to three and having gone close at Ballinrobe in July following some lesser runs in valuable handicaps he resumed winning ways when impressively beating Agitare over course and distance.

A subsequent dual-winner was well beaten in behind and while this will demand more from him back up in class he represents a yard in good form and he may yet have further improvement to come might be worth chancing to find the requisite improvement to go in again.

7:15 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (3yo+ 50-85) 1m2½f

GOLDEN TWILIGHT is by far the least exposed of these runners and the Dawn Approach gelding can improve to make his mark thrust into a handicap on just his third career start.

Mick Halford’s charge stepped up on a promising debut to open his account at the second attempt when landing a big-field maiden contest at the Curragh last month where he showed a very good attitude to battle back well once headed.

He could develop into a useful handicapper and an opening mark of 80 might underestimate his potential for improvement after just two starts; he could go well here and with more to come there’d be no surprise in seeing him make his presence felt.