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Downpatrick – Friday 17th September

Friday 17th September 13:25

WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Downpatrick today.

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Bookie Selection Best Odds Market Bet
The Banger Doyle 7/2 Win
1.25 Downpatrick
Place Bet
New Society 20/1 Each Way
3.10 Downpatrick
Place Bet
Archies Charm 13/2 Each Way
4.20 Downpatrick
Place Bet

Date of Tips: 17/09/2021

Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (07:31 17/09/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.

It is hard for any National Hunt fan in Ireland to not get slightly excited when seeing the Listowel Harvest Festival on the horizon. Especially this year, when one can see so many quality horses entered – it certainly whets the appetite for good jump racing this winter. Action today comes from Downpatrick and it is a useful card to build into an exciting weekend of action – where I will be providing a look into all this national hunt action with great intrigue. 

Starting off with the 1.25, which is a 2m3f maiden hurdle and sees an eagerly awaited return of Davy Russell to the saddle after a long time off with injury. It’s brilliant to see Davy back on the racecourse, and he will be looking for a winning return onboard The Greek, who has been very consistent if not frustrating. I, for one, will be hoping that Russell doesn’t make an immediate impact as I am a big fan of The Banger Doyle in this contest, who should have improved and learned plenty from his hurdling debut a few weeks ago at Sligo. 

Those who are vigilant will remember that I backed this horse that day, thinking he might have a chance of beating a well regarded Willie Mullins in-mate. It wasn’t to be on that occasion, but his effort slapped on one that could have done with the race and will have improved for that effort both from a jumping and fitness point of view. His bumper form from last year is arguably the best form in this race and I would be disappointed to not see this horse pitching in at the business end today. At a price of 7/2 with SkyBet, he should go very close. 

The next race on offer is the 3.10, which is a decent novice hurdle over the extended 2m5f trip and sees a field of 10 go to post. I will be siding on this occasion with a local trainer to the track in Keith Watson, who has had a good year so far with his jumps and flat contingent. The horse in question is New Society, who has been in remarkable form on the level in recent months and now reverts back to hurdles, where he also has some decent form in the book. Having won a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in April, he backed that up with a solid third in a novice at Cork.

He has then been switched to the flat with great effect this summer and his busy campaign has yielded him two successes and most recently, a superb third in the Ulster Cesarewitch. That run would ease any concerns about this trip and despite having had a hard summer, I feel there might be a big run in him on this switch. Bet365 have seemingly lost their marbles with this horse, as they are a massive standout price of 20/1, while offering 3 places. I am keen to gobble up what I believe to be a gross devaluation of this horse, and I will be backing him each way. 

The final race from Downpatrick today is the 4.20, which is a 2m7f handicap chase and sees a total of 14 horses going to post on this occasion. I will be siding with in-form horse, Archies Charm, who again comes from a very local trainer and this could well have been the target as a result. Having switched to the larger obstacles this summer, he has run two very sound races out of three, and his third last time out at Ballinrobe looked a decent piece of form. 

On that occasion, he was allowed to bowl along in front under Bryan Cooper, who operated a catch me if you can attitude, which I hope he repeats on this occasion. A bold front runner can often be hard to peg back at Downpatrick, especially when jumping fluently and could well take good rank in this contest as a result. At a price of 13/2 with SkyBet, who offer 4 places – he is an each way shout.

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