Tips for Downpatrick and Dundalk – Friday Irish racing best bets

We look over the day’s racing in Ireland where two fixtures go to post and we pick out our Friday Irish racing best bets at Downpatrick and Dundalk.

Ireland stages two fixtures on Friday to complement the top-class horse racing action in the UK and the day’s meetings sees racing over the sticks at Downpatrick with a seven-race card; while on the all-weather in the evening there is also action on the all-weather with a card at Dundalk.

We’ve looked over both of the Friday racecards in Ireland and we’ve picked out our Friday Irish racing best bets at Downpatrick and Dundalk as we search for more winners!


4:00 Downpatrick – Toals Bookmakers Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m3½f

KNOT ON TIME improved on his bumper form when sent over hurdles, making the frame in all four starts at this track which included a win in August where the Windsor Knot gelding saw off Wigglesworth by little over one length.

Runner-up next time in a novices’ contest he now turns his attention to chasing where he could improve further and Paul Nolan’s charge is taken to make a winning switch to this discipline.

He takes on a couple of interesting rivals switching to chasing but his hurdles form is amongst the best on offer for this race and if translating the ability he has shown in that sphere to jumping fences then he can get involved.

4:35 Downpatrick – A J C Group Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-95) 2m7½f

COURT AJOURNED had the reopposing Loch Luatha some nine lengths behind her when making a return to winning ways at Sligo last month and the Court Cave mare could prove equal to the task of following up here.

Paul Stafford’s charge was only a fair hurdler and she failed to convince as a chaser when under the care of Dermot McLoughlin although she was set some stiff tasks behind the likes of Benie Des Dieux, Our Duke and Tully East.

She’s looked more assured back over the larger obstacles for her new trainer, building on her reappearance to strike that latest win which she took readily and now she’s got her head in front there might be some improvement to be found from her.

Of course she has to back up that performance and a 8lbs rise in the weights makes life tougher, while she doesn’t have a claimer on board this time around with Donal McInerney taking over in the saddle. Nevertheless, she still looks fairly weighted despite her rise and she looks worth siding with to strike again and confirm recent form.

Friday Irish racing best bets. Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner at Dundalk.

5:30 Dundalk – Irish EBF Median Sires Series Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 7f

ANNA STRADA has made the frame in three of her four starts on turf with her only disappointment coming in the valuable Ballyhane Stakes at Naas in August which likely was a bridge too far for the Havana Gold filly where beat only four home behind Chief Little Hawk.

Jessica Harrington’s charge quickly bounced back from that effort switched to handicapping for her last run at Cork where she finished a good third behind Magnanimous and there may be better to come in this sphere from her.

That last run represents useful form with the winner going in again since at Listowel as well as bag a silver medal in a Listed race here last week.

The handicapper has eased her 2lbs for that last run and she switches to polytrack for this assignment; assuming the surface doesn’t prove a hindrance then she can go well here and every chance she can get off the mark.

7:30 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (3yo+) 1m

Lightly-raced CALL ME ROCKY can get back on the scoresheet for Johnny Murtagh and the Society Rock colt ought to go close.

Fourth on debut here last November he has made the frame in all four turf starts this campaign which includes landing a win at Limerick in July and he returned from a short break last month to finish little over one length adrift of Ideal Pal in heavy ground at Listowel.

He possibly just did too much on that occasion in the testing conditions but it was still a good effort and he drops back to one mile for this latest run; while the switch back to polytrack ought to hold no fears given he appeared to handle the artificial surface well enough on debut.

Only raised 1lb for that latest run he could well have more to offer as a handicap and Ben Coen’s 3lbs claim will surely help on this occasion and he can make his presence felt once more despite his wide draw which won’t be ideal given his racing style.

Nevertheless, he should give a good account and if able to overcome his draw negative then he should go close.