Tips for the Curragh and Dundalk – Friday Irish racing best bets
We take a look over another day of horse racing action in Ireland and pick out our Friday Irish racing best bets and tips for the day’s duo of racing fixtures.
Two meetings are back on the agenda in Ireland on Friday and the day’s racing action comes from the Curragh on turf in the afternoon, and also Dundalk in the evening on their all-weather track under the floodlights.
We’ve looked through both of the day’s scheduled racecards and we pick out our Friday Irish racing best bets and tips at each fixture.
FRIDAY IRISH RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE CURRAGH & DUNDALK
12:45 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 5f
MONTEGO BAY offered plenty to work on despite looking in need of the experience when finishing fourth at Dundalk last month on her debut and the No Nay Never filly can build on that effort to get off the mark at the second attempt.
That run came just last Friday and she was only beaten around a length and a half at the line despite early greenness; she got better as the race progressed though and ran on well towards the end.
She ought to be sharper now with that effort under her belt and perhaps the increased emphasis on stamina in the conditions might show her in better light as she switches to turf for this next run where she can show further improvement.
1:20 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m1f
CLEVELAND can progress on the back of a couple of solid runs to get off the mark at the third attempt and Aidan O’Brien’s charge has looked to be held back by inexperience in recent starts.
Fifth on debut at Galway in heavy ground in September the Camelot colt subsequently filled the same spot over this distance at Tipperary in early-October behind Carlisle Bay, beaten around five lengths but still looking green.
He has scope for better as he gains further experience and he looks the pick of the Ballydoyle trio in this race judging on jockey bookings. Another jolt of progress wouldn’t come as a surprise and he can make his presence felt.
3:05 Curragh – Paddy Power Rewards Club Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f
AUTUMN EVENING has shown up well in his trio of starts to date, latterly finishing around three lengths’ third behind Ilmig at Navan over a longer trip and Jessica Harrington’s charge might be able to open his account here.
Heavy ground has proven no problem in the past for the Tamayuz gelding and he had Bridge Native behind when posting that most recent run. Bridge Native went on to score impressively back over fences on his next outing and the drop back to this trip could reap rewards for the Harrington runner who might have found his stamina stretched latest.
He could find further improvement on the back of that recent better effort and with the yard in decent fettle it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run from him here.
5:45 Dundalk – HOLLYWOODBETS Handicap (3yo+) 1m
SINDHIA has shown progressive form this term, building on her seasonal reappearance at Gowran Park in June to fill the frame in all three subsequent starts which includes a course win in October following a short break.
Mick Halford’s Mastercraftsman filly subsequently went close to doubling up back here later in the month when denied by a neck behind Acquiescent, not ideally placed and running freely early which may have compromised his chances on his first handicap start.
He kept on well however and there might be better to come from him now as he goes up in trip and a 3lbs rise in the ratings doesn’t look harsh so he ought to continue to remain competitive and he can give a good account of himself here where his mark should be workable given his potential for improvement.
8:15 Dundalk – Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (3yo 45-70) 1m2½f
John McConnell seems to have found the key to DAME RAPIDE and the Footstepsinthesand filly could be worth sticking with in her hat-trick bid.
2-2 over course and distance – both under this rider – she struck readily here in September despite being 1lb out of the weights and followed up in an apprentices’ contest last month when running out a relatively comfortable winner over Time And Money, scoring by almost two lengths and the runner-up did no harm to that form next time.
That one reopposes here but the McConnell runner appears to be getting better and could find another chunk of improvement to offset another rise in the weights, while her rider can use her full 7lbs allowance on this occasion which will help her cause and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another big run as she bids for a course and distance three-timer.