Irish racing tips on Friday – Best bets at Cork and Downpatrick

Irish racing tips on Friday. Best bets at Cork and Downpatrick.Irish racing tips on Friday. Best bets at Cork and Downpatrick.

Irish racing tips on Friday 7 May

There is plenty of Irish horse racing action going to post on Friday with action both over the sticks and on the flat. We’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Friday covering both fixtures.

Two meetings head to post on Friday in Ireland with action both over the sticks and on the flat where meetings take place at Cork on the flat and Downpatrick over jumps.

Across both of the day’s meetings 14 races will go to post with Listed action at Cork and some competitive action at Downpatrick on the agenda; we’ve looked over both cards to pick out our Irish racing tips on Friday.


2:20 Downpatrick – Cosy Roof Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m6f

Lightly-raced CENTURION STEEL can register a breakthrough success here and the Kayf Tara gelding ought to go well having posted a career-best at Tramore last month when finding only one too good.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge had taken in some decent maiden contests last term but stepped up following his absence with a much better performance and there could be better to come from him with a useful 7lbs claimer on board now to ease his burden.

He could be well treated as a result and this doesn’t look the strongest of races so if he can build on that better effort last time then he could go close here.

4:25 Downpatrick – Molson Coors Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-102) 2m7½f

WAKE UP EARLY posted his best effort for some time when finding only one too good at Tramore last month and while he was beaten a fair distance he could improve for that run to go one better.

Francis Flood’s charge had won at Galway back in September 2019 but he’s been relatively lightly raced since although his form has been patchy since that win. However his latest effort was arguably a career best despite his 15 lengths’ defeat behind Blue Markie and if he were to replicate that here then he ought to go close.

The Doyen gelding can often be let down by his jumping but he’s very capable when everything clicks and the presence of Simon Torrens in the saddle is a big plus with his 5lbs claim an advantage; if he can run up to form and assuming his jumping stands up to the test then he ought to go close here.

Irish racing tips on Friday. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner at Cork.

Irish racing tips on Friday. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner at Cork.

5:10 Cork – Cork Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo+) 5f

ROSES BLUE shaped with plenty of promise on debut last term at Naas but was possibly amiss next time when disappointing at Down Royal behind Mooniesta, eventually finishing seventh and looking laboured in the last furlong.

That form looks fairly strong however given there has been five subsequent winners coming out of the race with seven victories between them and Jessica Harrington’s charge fared much better on her seasonal debut at Dundalk last month.

The Kodiac filly was beaten just one length by Iva Batt, possibly just needing the outing and she’ll surely be sharper for that run which should she build upon she looks very capable of going one better and she can get off the mark.

7:10 Cork – Racing Again Tomorrow Apprentice Handicap (3yo+) 1m

Lightly-raced LARADO stepped up on past efforts when making a winning return to action in a Leopardstown handicap last term and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can build on that return to follow up here.

The Shalaa gelding held on well on his first start in more than six months to deny Vocito by a head and that form took a boost when the runner-up went one better next time here, while the fourth has also bettered his position when finishing runner-up next time out.

He’s only been raised 2lbs for that success and there’s a feeling he has more to come despite this being a tougher test of his credentials; but he can improve and he can make his presence felt in his bid to follow up.