Irish racing tips on Friday – Best bets at Curragh and Down Royal

Curragh tips on Tuesday. Best bets for the day's Irish racing on the flat.Curragh tips on Tuesday. Best bets for the day's Irish racing on the flat.

Irish racing tips on Friday 27 August

There is more horse racing action going to post in Ireland on Friday with fixtures on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve picked out our Irish racing tips on Friday for both meetings.

Irish racing action continues on Friday with two more fixtures and 15 races covering both the flat and jumps for punters to puzzle over and both of the day’s fixtures take place in the late afternoon into the evening.

The flat racing action on Friday comes from the Curragh where there are three Group Three races taking place, while Down Royal accounts for Friday’s jumps racing action.

We’ve looked over both of the day’s fixtures in Ireland to pick out our Irish racing tips on Friday and best bets across both meetings.


4:25 Down Royal – Sean Graham Bookmaker Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1f

MIGHTY MEGGSIE doesn’t have too many miles on the clock over hurdles and the Arakan mare may be able to get off the mark here in a relatively poor contest.

Twice runner-up in bumpers last term she went backwards from a promising fourth on her hurdles debut at Fairyhouse although her latest return to action at Tramore was a big step in the right direction and Jessica Harrington’s charge can open her account if building on that better performance.

She found only one too good on that occasion, beaten a neck by Wojood at Tramore although arguably unlucky as she wandered under pressure and was run down close home. The fourth horse home in that contest has run well since in defeat and if she can back up that last outing then she could open her account under Paul Townend with the mare being his only ride on the card.

5:15 Curragh – Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 1m1f

SHALE was one of the top juvenile fillies around last term, winning three times which included the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes and while things haven’t gone to plan this season for Donnacha O’Brien’s charge the Galileo filly can nonetheless make her presence felt here.

She’s had three runs this term, shaping better than the bare result over fen furlongs here latest when beaten four lengths by Thundering Nights in the Pretty Polly Stakes, not helped by twice meeting trouble in running.

She drops back a furlong here and with that recent form being boosted since she could be a major player here dropping back in grade on the better ground.

Irish racing tips on Friday. Donnacha O'Brien can saddle a winner on the card at the Curragh.

Irish racing tips on Friday. Donnacha O’Brien can saddle a winner on the card at the Curragh.

5:45 Curragh – Heider Family Stables Round Tower Stakes (Group 3) (2yo) 6f

LADIES CHURCH has looked a very progressive and potentially smart prospect in her three runs to date, two of which have seen the Churchill filly come home in front and Jonny Murtagh’s charge can bring up her hat-trick here.

Having caught the eye on debut she has since struck wins at Tipperary and Naas latterly in a Listed contest where she readily saw off reopposing Pennine Hills in a good time and there’s likely better to come from her as she gains more racing experience.

Both wins have come over five furlongs and she steps back up to six furlongs here so likely needs a little more over the extra yardage and taking another rise in class. However she looks to be one going the right way and to keep on the right side of so every chance she can find further improvement to make it a three-timer of wins now.

6:00 Down Royal – Tommy Donnelly Bookmaker Hurdle (4yo+) 3m

THOSEDAYSAREGONE can get back on track here and register a first hurdles win since February 2020 where the Getaway gelding struck at Leopardstown enroute to finishing third in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

The eight-year old has been lightly raced since, contesting on the flat and winning on the Dundalk all-weather back in March before returning to hurdles and he has run better than his bare form figures suggest back in this sphere.

He unseated his rider when beaten in the Galway Hurdle behind Saldier but should find this company a lot more palatable and eased 2lbs he is below the mark from which he landed his bronze medal at Cheltenham.

Philip Byrnes is very good value for his 7lbs and there’d be no surprise in seeing a bold bid here.