Sunday Irish racing tips – Through the card tips at Downpatrick

Irish racing tips. Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner at Downpatrick.Irish racing tips. Gordon Elliott can saddle a winner at Downpatrick.

Brian Healy gives his Irish racing tips for Downpatrick’s Sunday racecard.

Irish racing continues to keep the show on the road and Sunday’s fixture comes from Downpatrick over the sticks where the Ulster National is the feature race of the day at the Northern Irish track on a seven-race card.

SUNDAY IRISH RACING FIXTURES TODAY (22 March)


Downpatrick (jumps) – 1.40 – 4.40pm (7 races)

Brian Healy looks over Sunday’s sole racemeeting in Ireland and gives his Irish racing tips for Downpatrick through the card.

IRISH RACING TIPS FOR DOWNPATRICK

1:40 – Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f


BARNAVIDDAUN has found only one too good on each of his last two starts and Tom Mullins’ charge could be worth siding with here to open his account over hurdles.

The Scorpion gelding showed some level of ability in a trio of bumper starts having looked to have needed the run on his debut for the yard which came in a Fairyhouse hurdles contest in the wake of a long absence.

He was beaten less than a length back at Fairyhouse in February behind Funky Dady, after which he ran well in defeat in a useful contest where he found only Arcadian Sunrise too strong by three lengths.

The front two had pulled a long way clear and with this longer trip likely to prove in his favour he could improve for recent efforts over timber to get off the mark now and get our Sunday Irish racing tips off to a good start.

2:10 – WKD Rated Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3f


THE VERY MAN won a shade cosily at Naas earlier in the month, scoring by three lengths over Gold Des Bois; but the Jeremy gelding could be worth siding with to follow up here.

Gordon Elliott saddles three in the race including the selection who has shown steadily progressive form over hurdles where he has bettered his finishing position with every start and he scored readily latest.

He had won in the point-to-point sphere and in a Navan bumper prior to that first success over hurdles and with the potential for further improvement to come he can step up again to register a second successive win despite this being a tougher assignment.

Sunday Irish racing tips. Davy Russell can get amongst the winners at Downpatrick.

Sunday Irish racing tips. Davy Russell can get amongst the winners at Downpatrick.

2:40 – Racing TV Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m3f


It might be worth chancing on ODDS OR EVENS to leave previous form behind and the Sulamani gelding could well be a typical handicap blot for shrewd handler Tony Martin who sends the six-year old back over hurdles here.

He hadn’t shown a great deal in his three previous starts in this sphere where he was beaten an aggregate 132 lengths in those outings and his first couple of runs over fences this term were similarly underwhelming.

A first-time tongue-tie however helped him to find some improvement when contesting a handicap on his reappearance from almost four months off at Navan earlier in the month and this mark might underestimate him if he can build on that returning effort now that he heads back over timber.

3:10 – Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m4½f


Cheb De Kerviniou is likely to go well again but is up another 3lbs for his latest runner-up finish and although in deeper waters now than in recent starts it could be worth chancing CAPPACURRY ZAK to keep up his current good spell of form and follow up his latest success.

The veteran Arakan gelding has hit a purple patch of form late in his career, returning from a couple of runs in the point-to-point sphere to win two of his last three starts over fences at Limerick and Navan latterly where he beat Wishmoor by four lengths.

This is a stronger race than he’s used to tackling; but the longer trip is within his range and while his mark demands a career-best effort he could be worth siding with whilst in his current vein of form.

If coping with the higher grade then he could post a big run in this competitive Ulster National Handicap Chase feature contest where he could make the frame although others are probably stronger for win purposes.

3:40 – Tote Supporting Downpatrick Racecourse Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-102) 2m3½f


This is a poor contest on paper and THE TRIGGER could be the one to take advantage to get back on the winning trail.

The Beneficial gelding showed better form on his latest run than had been the case in previous starts, finishing third on his last outing at Musselburgh back in February. The form has been boosted with the winner going in again since, while the runner-up also filled the same position on his next outing.

Ronan McNally’s charge can build on that better performance here where he features on a very handy mark, and with a good claimer up he can go close on these terms so every chance he could end his losing run here with a return to the winners’ enclosure with the drop back in distance likely to suit.

Like most of these runners he isn’t certain to back up that last run; but if he does then he could prove the answer to a tricky puzzle.

4:10 – Boardsmill Sires Maiden Hunters Chase (5yo+) 2m7½f


HEYDOUR was a useful sort over hurdles and fences for Mick Channon, finishing twice over the larger obstacles prior to his move to Ireland and this yard.

The Presenting gelding showed he retained all his ability following seven months off the track when beating The Bonny Boy in a point-to-point at Cragmore back in Feburary and he could be worth chancing returning to Rules.

Likely to build on that performance she sets a decent standard on her form with Mick Channon and he could go well back in this sphere to land the win for our Irish racing tips on Sunday.

Sunday Irish racing tips. Jamie Codd can get amongst the winners at Downpatrick.

Sunday Irish racing tips. Jamie Codd can get amongst the winners at Downpatrick.

4:40 – Molson Coors (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m1½f


BALLYADAM is likely to take plenty of beating if building on his debut third at Navan last month and Gordon Elliott’s charge can get off the mark at the second attempt.

The Fame And Glory gelding was a winner in the point-to-point sphere for Colin McKeever at Portrush back in October last year and he returned from four months off the track to finish just over two lengths’ adrift if Julies Stowaway in that debut effort.

He was sent off at long odds-on for that run but failed to land the odds; but the form has been boosted by the runner-up winning since and there could be more to come from him with that outing under his belt an Jamie Codd in the saddle.

Gordon Elliott’s charge had been thought of as a potential Champion Bumper horse prior to that first run, but he could amends mere and while not much of a price he could prove a tough nut to crack in the Downpatrick finale.