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Down Royal horse racing tips - Race-by-race selections for BetVictor's sponsored card

Brian Healy in Tips 29 Jan 2019

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every race on Down Royal's first meeting of the new year.

While most of this week’s Irish horse racing attentions will be focused on the upcoming Dublin Racing Weekend at Leopardstown, there is a hugely competitive race-card going to post on Tuesday at Down Royal where leading bookmaker BetVictor sponsor the day’s seven-race meeting.

1:10 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m
1:40 - Bet 5 Get 30 For All New Customers At BetVictor Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-95) 2m4f
2:15 - Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-123) 3m
2:50 - Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m½f
3:25 - Cash Out Now Available On Horse Racing Multiples At BetVictor Rated Novice Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3½f
3:55 - Best Odds Guaranteed On Irish Racing At BetVictor Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m½f
4:25 - Make Your Best Bet With BetVictor's Betfinder INH Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m

There may not be any Graded action, but there will surely be no shortage of exciting racing action, and there may be a Cheltenham Festival clue or two relating to the big Festival handicaps on show.

While Down Royal’s future had been shrouded in uncertainty, Tuesday’s fixture heralds a new beginning for the Lisburn track, and with free entry on the day there is sure to be a bumper crowd in attentance!

And to mark the occasion, Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Tuesday’s Down Royal racecard where he gives his race-by-race selections on a cracking afternoon at the Irish track.

1:10 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m


PEACOCKS SECRET (7/4, BetVictor) is 13lbs higher in the weights now then when ending a barren run stretching back more than one year at Wexford back in October, but John ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s charge can continue his hot streak of form with another win.

The Court Cave gelding stepped up on that success to follow up at Naas, and he was in the process of running well again when falling at Clonmel; however, he quickly bounced back to winning ways at Punchestown earlier this month with a ready success over Dundrum Lad where he had almost three lengths to spare despite idling on the run-in.

Given his style of running he should have little concern dropping back to two miles for this latest outing, and clearly thriving at present he can continue to give a good account of himself given he remains with scope to do better still over fences.

Rachael Blackmore can ride the winner in Down Royal's Tuesday opener.




1:40 - Bet 5 Get 30 For All New Customers At BetVictor Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-95) 2m4f


SEE DOUBLE YOU (7/1, BetVictor) bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts to go close at Fairyhouse latest, and Ronan McNally’s charge could go one better here if none the worse turning out again just three days later.

The Saddler’s Hall gelding is very much a veteran at 16 years of age, but he showed there was still life in his aging legs when getting back on the scoresheet for the first time in more than two years when successful at Hexham following more than one year off.

That was over fences, and while he failed to build on the success in subsequent hurdles starts, he has shown better form back over the larger osbtacles the last twice where he has finished runner-up at both Hexham and Fairyhouse latterly.

Beaten just over one length on that latest occasion behind Kayf Thou, he should remain competitive despite the lesser trip here, and if his latest outing hasn’t taken the edge off him then he could go close with Sean Flanagan taking over from an amateur in the saddle. 


2:15 - Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-123) 3m


CRESUS DE GRISSAY (10/3, BetVictor) has been knocking loudly on the door to the winners’ enclosure since returning from more than one year off the track, and Paul Nolan’s charge can open his win account here.

The Balko gelding finished runner-up to Peacocks Secret on his first start in 15 months at Wexford, after which he ran another solid race at Punchestown in December where he was beaten five lengths into third behind Se Mo Laoch.

He again found the frame latest when finishing third to Kilkishen at Fairyhouse, possibly given too much to do. The runner-up - Se Mo Laoch - has won again since, and racing off the same mark he may be able to follow suit here and get off the mark over the larger obstacles.


2:50 - Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m½f


BLACK TEARS (5/4,BetVictor) posted several solid runs in bumpers last term, scoring at Cork on her second start where she ran out a good winner over Barrington Court.

Gordon Elliott’s charge finished a short-head second on her hurdles debut at Punchestown earlier in January behind Elfile where she just lost out in a protracted battle to the line having looked the likeliest winner.

Likely to be sharper now with that run and experience under her belt then she can go one better here given she has plenty of scope to improve; she sets a solid standard, and no surprise if she were to go one better here.

Top Irish trainer Gordon Elliott can saddle a couple of Down Royal winners on Tuesday.




3:25 - Cash Out Now Available On Horse Racing Multiples At BetVictor Rated Novice Hurdle (5yo+) 2m3½f


ECLAT DES MOTTES (5/2, BetVictor) may just have needed the run when posting a below-par effort at Fairyhouse last month behind Jack Dillinger, but Willie Mullins’ charge is given another chance to confirm the earlier promise he had shown the time before at this venue in August.

The Poliglote gelding ran out a three lengths’ winner over Present In Court on that occasion, scoring a shade cosily; that form has been boosted with the runner-up winning both starts since, while the third has also registered a subsequent success.

He’s been given time to recover from those exertions, and while this looks a potentially trappy affair with chances given to all eight runners, he may just have the greater scope to improve than his rivals and his latest outing is forgiven.

He can bounce back to form here, and if able to replicate his debut effort then he could quickly get back on the up.


3:55 - Best Odds Guaranteed On Irish Racing At BetVictor Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m½f


DAWN HOOFER (4/1, BetVictor) was a four-time winner on the flat for Jim Bolger last summer, and having joined Paul Nolan for a hurdles campaign, the Dawn Approach filly has shaped with ability in this sphere on all three starts over timber.

The four-year old has finished third on all three occasions, most recently beaten around twelve lengths behind Got Trumped at Punchestown; that form has been boosted however, with the runner-up since going on to score in a Leopardstown Grade Two contest over the Christmas period.

Likely to have better to come given her useful flat form, she makes her handicap debut here from a potentially lenient mark; and she could have plenty more to offer in a race which doesn’t look particularly strong on paper.


4:25 - Make Your Best Bet With BetVictor's Betfinder INH Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m


ANDY DUFRESNE (Evens, BetVictor) cost connections a big price having won impressively in a point-to-point at Borris House last March, and it could be worth siding with the Doyen gelding as he steps out under Rules here.

Gordon Elliott’s charge ran out a six lengths’ victor on that occasion, scoring easily, and he comes into this race as a well-regarded type who could well make his mark. 

An entry in the Ballymore Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival suggests he has shown plenty at home, and it would be no surprise to see him posting a big effort here on his Rules debut.

DOWN ROYAL TIPS TUESDAY 29 JANUARY - RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS


1:10 - PEACOCKS SECRET (7/4, BetVictor)

1:40 - SEE DOUBLE YOU (7/1, BetVictor)

2:15 - CRESUS DE GRISSAY (4/1, BetVictor

2:50 - BLACK TEARS (5/4, BetVictor)

3:25 - ECLAT DES MOTTES (5/2, BetVictor)

3:55 - DAWN HOOFER (4/1, BetVictor

4:25 - ANDY DUFRESNE (Evens, BetVictor)

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