Oddschecker tips for every race at Downpatrick on Friday.
MIDNIGHT ESCAPE hasn't gone on as expected since going chasing but had a solid rating over hurdles and a return to the smaller obstacles can see him improve back to somewhere near his best. Niven has been running well in handicaps of late and can prove to be fairly competitive here, while Political Policy won his maiden hurdle last week at Bellewstown and could have further improvement to come.Prediction : 1st Midnight Escape 2nd Niven 3rd Political Policy
YOUGHAL BY THE SEA has a quick turnaround after a disappointing effort on his return at Bellewstown last time, having made a bad mistake early on which he failed to recover from, but his form behind Stratum at Galway is the standout on offer and he can bounce back to get off the mark. The Moore Factor could have more to come returning to hurdles having had a couple of outings last year, while his stable companion Pink Ribbon looks best of the remainder.Prediction : 1st Youghal By The Sea 2nd The Moore Factor 3rd Pink Ribbon
ISLE OF DESTINY has improved with each of her last two outings over timber and his third over C&D last month can prove good enough for Gordon Elliott's mare to gain her first success at the fourth attempt in what looks a very winnable race. Aasleagh Dawn could feasibly take a step forward for a step up in trip, while Inishbel can go well if able to replicate her point-to-point form.Prediction : 1st Isle Of Destiny 2nd Aasleagh Dawn 3rd Inishbel
TOUCHEDBYANANGEL did it well here last month and should be nicely suited by this step up in distance. He was backed from 40-1 into 10-1 on that day and clearly looks to be going the right way for his handler at the age of just six. Authorative ran a decent race at Bellewstown when picking up a share of the pot six days ago, while Lady Of The Sea has gone well the last twice and wears first-time blinkers.Prediction : 1st Touchedbyanangel 2nd Authorative 3rd Lady Of The Sea
TOUCH BASE lost little in defeat when third over 2m3f here last month and is expected to go one better now stepped up to this longer trip. Glan Y Gors kept on for fourth in a 2m4f maiden hurdle at Gowran last time and has place possibilities now granted a stiffer test. The pick of the remainder may be recent Limerick bumper winner Presentingprincess, who ran well over hurdles at Gowran previously.Prediction : 1st Touch Base 2nd Presentingprincess 3rd Glan Y Gors
TIMMONE attracted market support when beaten by under a length over 3m at Tipperary eight days ago and is expected to remain competitive, despite a 3lb rise, even though he's dropping back slightly in trip. Benarty Hill is worth a market check now returning from an absence and is weighted to go well, though Damut I'm Out is considered the main danger now fitted with first-time cheekpieces on the back of posting a solid second over 2m4f at Bellewstown.Prediction : 1st Timmone 2nd Damut Im Out 3rd Benarty Hill
JAMES BORU has won twice between the flags earlier in the year and is interesting now debuting for a new trainer, in a first-time tongue-tie, on his first outing under Rules. Mats Hall is entitled to build on a respectable bumper third over the extended 2m at Bellewstown recently and may improve for this stiffer test. Present In Court is similarly expected to step up on his 2m Kilbeggan third now tackling a longer trip.Prediction : 1st James Boru 2nd Mats Hall 3rd Present In Court