Irish racing tips – Friday best bets at Gowran Park and Dundalk

Friday best bets at Gowran Park and Dundalk.Friday best bets at Gowran Park and Dundalk.

Irish racing best bets at Dundalk and Gowran Park

Two horse racing meetings head to post in Ireland on Friday with one apiece over the sticks and on the all-weather; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips and best bets for both fixtures.

Irish racing continues on the agenda on Friday with two meetings for punters to take in where there is racing over the sticks at Gowran Park in the afternoon, while on the all-weather in the evening there is also racing from Dundalk under the floodlights.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s racecards to pick out our best Irish racing tips throughout the day.


2:45 Gowran Park – Best Of Luck To The Irish At Cheltenham Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

MIS CLOGHER was a winner between the flags back in November and the Oscar mare hasn’t been disgraced in two hurdles starts this term, finishing fourth to Roseys Hollow at Fairyhouse on her first try over timber.

That form looks all the stronger now and her latest effort can be forgiven as she was all but halted by a bad mistake two out at Leopardstown five days ago. Turned out quickly suggests all is well with Sam Curling’s charge and she’s none the worse for his blunder.

Now tried in cheekpieces she could go close here if this doesn’t come too soon and in a much weaker race she can open her win account.

3:20 Gowran Park – Xenon Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m4f

KRISTIAN GOINGWEL could prove a tough nut to crack here and the Beneficial gelding can land a third win in four starts here.

Oliver McKiernan’s charge found a jolt of improvement for the reapplication of cheekpieces over fences at Down Royal in December where he beat Peterstown by just over one length and he almost followed up at Limerick next time when beaten a similar margin behind Johnnys Girl.

He quickly got back on the winning trail with victory at Punchestown when last seen in January and he can continue his winning spell back from a break and returning to hurdles.

His last couple of runs in this sphere came over three miles and he might have found his stamina stretched by the longer trip; but this shorter distance could suit him better and he returns to the smaller obstacles where he can race from just 88 which is the same rating as when finishing a close runner-up over hurdles at Down Royal twelve months ago.

As such he’s handicapped to go close here if replicating his current good spell over fences back over hurdles and with his jockey able to claim 3lbs he looks to hold solid chances of another success.

3:55 Gowran Park – Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) 2m2f

MINELLA TILL DAWN bounced back to winning form for this column when readily seeing off Sovereign Gold and others at Naas last month and Denise Foster’s charge can follow up here.

The Shantou gelding was aloso a winner at Cork last January and he has taken in some good races since with little success. He bounced back to form though when refitted with blinkers latest to rin out a five lengths’ victory, scoring easily and if able to build on that performance he can follow up again despite this slightly shorter trip perhaps not being altogether ideal.

Nevertheless he looks one to keep onside at present given the easy manner of his latest success and he ought to make his presence felt again in another competitive contest.

Friday best bets. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the card at Dundalk.

Friday best bets. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on the card at Dundalk.

5:25 Dundalk – Claiming Race (3yo) 7f

OH SAY has a bit more experience than most of these which has been gained at a higher level and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get off the mark here.

The Starspangledbanner colt has made the frame in each of his last three starts and the manner of his performances suggest he’ll have no issue with this furlong shorter trip as he drops into claiming company.

He sets the standard on form and ought to be hard to keep out of the frame.

7:30 Dundalk – Hollywoodbets Proudly Sponsors The Finishing Line Podcast Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m

POWERFUL AGGIE shaped well despite looking inexperienced over seven furlongs last month and with that under her belt the Protectionist filly can improve to go close here.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge was beaten just over one length into fourth on that occasion, slowly away and running green early but finishing well once the penny dropped and she’ll have learnt plenty for that first run.

This extra furlong ought to suit and with the potential for better to come she can get off the mark at the second attempt with Shane Crosse siding with the filly over the yard’s other runners.