Sunday Irish racing tips – Best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick

Best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick on Sunday.Best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick on Sunday.

Irish racing tips on Sunday – Best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick

There are two meetings heading to post in Ireland on Sunday and we’ve picked out our best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick. Find out who we’re backing below.

While two meetings head to post in the UK on Sunday there are also two fixtures taking place in Ireland with a jumps meeting at Downpatrick while the 2021 Irish Flat racing season kicks off at Curragh with the Irish Lincolnshire the feature race of the day.

We’ve looked over both of the Sunday racecards in Ireland and picked out our best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick as we look to get amongst the winners.


2:00 Curragh – Paddy Power “From The Horse’s Mouth” Podcast Handicap (3yo+) 5f

PRETTY BOY FLOYD has two wins and two placed efforts to his name from four starts here and the Footstepsinthesand gelding can make a winning reappearance.

Sarah Dawson’s charge was formerly with Tony Martin but since joining the yard he’s won two of four starts – both here – in testing ground at five and six furlongs and he was last seen finishing a close fourth under a penalty over the longer distance here in November.

He’d won the time before with a defeat of Glow Worm over course and distance and he returns here from a workable mark of 78 so he ought to remain competitive and proven both in the ground and over course and distance he rates a big player if fully wound up ahead of his return.

2:45 Downpatrick – Randox Rated Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3f

MITCHOUKA had been set some stiff tasks following his breakthrough chase success on his first start for this yard and the Chreachadoir gelding can follow up his latest success at Leopardstown earlier in the month.

Fairly useful for Gordon Elliott he is now with Gearoid O’Loughlin and following a Thurles win on debut for his new handler he’s come up against some very useful sorts where he’s acquitted himself well behind the likes of Annamix, Castlebawn West and A Wave Of The Sea before narrowly getting the better of Livelovelaugh latest.

There was only a neck between the two but that success may have instilled some confidence and he reverts to hurdles here where he features on a very attractive mark under his 7lbs claiming rider; assuming he arrives in similar form then he can make his presence felt.

Sunday best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick. Mitchouka (far side) can win again.

Sunday best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick. Mitchouka (far side) can win again.

3:05 Curragh – Paddy Power Madrid Handicap (3yo) 7f

ERZINDJAN has shown a decent level of ability in a trio of runs last term, winning at Cork in similar ground to this with a defeat of Vocito before stepping into Group Three company at Leopardstown in October where the Lope De Vega colt finished fourth of seven behind Poetic Flare.

Dermot Weld’s charge makes his return to action here where he steps into the handicap ranks for the first time and there’s a suspicion that a mark of 91 might underestimate his potential for improvement.

Less exposed than most of these he is proven in the conditions and this is a step back into calmer waters following his foray into Pattern company last time; assuming he’s fully wound up ahead of his return then he ought to go close here and he can open his account.

3:47 Downpatrick – Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m4½f

NICK LOST might be worth chancing to bounce back to from for the red-hot Henry De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore combination and the Nickname gelding is forgiven his last run in the Irish Grand National Trial which might have come too soon on the back of his previous reappearance effort at Limerick.

A dual-winner in the summer of 2018 he went into the following season as a potential Graded chaser and he performed with plenty of credit to finish third to Some Neck at Punchestown in the 2018 Florida Pearl Chase.

Things didn’t go to plan in a couple of subsequent outings including failing to beat a rival home at Limerick behind Burrows Saint and he was absent for the thick end of two years before making his reappearance with a very good third to Enjoy D’allen at Thurles in January.

Pulled up next time the run might have come too soon just 18 days later and he’s had a bit more of a break this time; he could bounce back as a result having been eased slightly in the weights and trainer and jockey are enjoying a purple patch.

Sunday best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick. Godhead can win the Irish Lincolnshire Handicap for trainer Adrian McGuinness.

Sunday best bets at Curragh and Downpatrick. Godhead can win the Irish Lincolnshire Handicap for trainer Adrian McGuinness.

4:10 Curragh – Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire (Premier Handicap) (4yo+) 1m

The big race of the day can go the way of GODHEAD who won three of five starts for John Gosden and having since moved to Adrian McGuinness made a satisfactory return from almost nine months off when finishing third at Dundalk last month.

The Charm Spirit gelding has done all his winning on the all-weather but he showed turf to be no problem when beaten less than three lengths into third in a valuable Newmarket handicap behind Motakhayyel and that represents some solid form.

Now stepping up to one mile back on turf he looks handicapped to run well with the longer trip looking in his favour and if he handles the softer ground then he could go close from his high draw for last year’s winning trainer with that recent run at Dundalk likely to have blown away any cobwebs.

This mark looks workable given he could improve and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big effort.