Down Royal Picks

Follow the best horse racing tipsters on OLBG today to help you find those winning Down Royal bets.

You’ll see multiple winners every day including big-priced each-way shouts from the most knowledgeable and savvy tipsters around.

The OLBG Army of Tipsters will be providing their best bets for this event.
In the meantime check out the content below for more information about betting on this event.

Down Royal Course Guide

Down Royal Picks come from this dual-purpose racecourse hosting both flat racing and national hunt.

Highlights:  On the flat, the highlight of the year is the Ulster Derby, a race that Jim Bolger has dominated. On the same day in June is the Ulster Oaks when the fillies take the spotlight.

Other flat races are Her Majesty's Plate (July) and the Ulster Cesarewitch (September).

The highlight of the jumps season is on the first Friday and Saturday of November. This fixture features the Grade 1 Champion Chase while there are also three other graded races.

* All statistics below are based on the previous five years at Down Royal

Down Royal Outright Favorite Statistics

  • Flat Handicaps: 24-82 (29%) +3.79
  • Flat Non-Handicaps: 20-41 (49%) +6.00
  • Handicap Chases: 5-26 (19%) -5.84
  • Handicap Hurdles: 10-48 (21%) -10.38
  • Non-Handicap Chases: 21-51 (41%) -4.64
  • Non-Handicap Hurdles: 37-87 (43%) -14.51

Down Royal Racecourse Map

The race track is a 1m7f right-handed, part galloping and undulating course with a dip in the home straight.

The flat course consists of a chute for 5-furlong races whilst all other races contain bends.

The hurdle course has seven hurdles in a circuit, four of which come in the final 6 furlongs. There a total of ten fences in the chase circuit, with two open ditches.

Down Royal Racecourse Address: Gravelhill Rd, Lisburn BT27 5RW

Down Royal Racecourse Telephone: 028 9262 1256

To buy tickets for a race day at Down Royal, head over to their official ticket booking webpage.

Down Royal Flat Racecourse Map
Down Royal Flat Racecourse Map
Down Royal National Hunt Racecourse Map
Down Royal National Hunt Racecourse Map

Best Down Royal Picks

When we have a fixture at Down Royal you will find our tipster picks above. If there is currently none scheduled, head over to the Horse Racing Picks page for picks on other racing today.

Each race will highlight the most tipped runner in that race, along with odds and tipping statistics. You can view each race in more detail by clicking on the race link, as a result, you will be able to see all comments put up by our tipsters on that page.

Also noted above will be the 'Top Horse Racing Handicappers' who currently have open racing picks. Alternatively, you can visit our Best Horse Racing Handicappers page which will highlight all those in profit.

Down Royal Draw Bias

When breaking Down Royal down into trips then you can look at which stall and trip combination has produced the worst LSP, that would be stall 2 over a trip of 5f which has, over the last five years produced an LSP of -29.43.

Here we have the draw bias for Down Royal taken into consideration races with ten or more runners, we will break down the figures by race distance, draws can be much more important over the shorter trips in which runners do not have time to find their position during the race meaning the draw is probably more important than the races over longer distances.

  • Sprints (5f to 7½f)
  • Middle Distance (1m2f to 1m5½f)

The following table shows a breakdown over a group of trips and shows how each position of the draw does, for example in a twelve-runner race would be Low (Stalls 1-4), Mid (Stalls 5-8) and High (Stalls 9-12), the positions will always be lowest stall number to highest.

Down Royal Jockey and Trainer Statistics (Flat)

Who are the best flat jockeys and trainers to bet on at Down Royal?

Backing all of the Joseph Patrick O'Brien runners would have produced backing the most winners for a trainer here at Down Royal with sixteen but you would have returned a loss by doing so, Noel Meade leads the way for profitable trainers with an LSP of +9.88 from their ten winners. When looking at trainers and looking for some eachway value at Down Royal then the trainer who shows the best eachway profit is Jarlath P Fahey, that LSP is +10.43 which has been accumulated by a total of five placings which includes two winners. The trainer with the worst record at Down Royal based on LSP is Mrs John Harrington who has only a 6% strike rate with four winners from sixty-five runners who have returned an LSP of -55.90.

C T Keane is the leading jockey here at Down Royal with fifteen winners but you would have recorded a loss if you backed all of their rides whilst following S M Crosse would have returned the most winners (seven) from a profitable jockey. Sam Ewing is the jockey to follow at Down Royal if you are backing eachway as they show the best LSP of all the jockeys in the eachway markets, that is +12.49 which is courtesy of their eleven placings (four winners). A total of two winners from forty-four rides at Down Royal has R P Cleary at the wrong end of the jockeys' list with their 5% strike rate and worst LSP of -37.59.

Down Royal Picks & Hints

Here are some factors at Down Royal for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:

  • 6-14 (43%) +20.60 - Backing W McCreery runners when over a trip of 5f
  • 7-17 (41%) +14.38 - Backing Noel Meade runners when in a Handicap race

Down Royal Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Down Royal based on the number of winners:

  • 5 Wins: Noel Meade & C T Keane
  • 5 Wins: Joseph Patrick O'Brien & S M Crosse

Down Royal Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Noel Meade33-10-13+9.88+1.75
W McCreery25-6-12+9.60+6.10
A P O'Brien17-5-10+12.90+8.41
Michael Mulvany23-3-4+12.00+0.05
Kieran P Cotter19-3-6+6.83+7.94
M Halford9-3-5+9.25+5.95
P Twomey6-3-4+1.98+0.94
James McAuley20-2-4+18.00+7.85
Denis Gerard Hogan18-2-8+1.00+7.83
Jarlath P Fahey10-2-5+16.00+10.43

Down Royal Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
S M Crosse24-7-7+7.03-2.47
L F Roche33-5-8+4.00-3.09
Sam Ewing21-4-11+14.50+12.49
L T McAteer22-3-8+5.75+2.21
Cian MacRedmond15-2-4+0.50-1.67
Wesley Joyce14-2-6+18.00+10.57
J Coen14-2-5+4.50+0.80
Sorcha Woods13-2-3+5.00+0.90
Mark Gallagher20-1-3+3.00-3.10
J A Heffernan9-1-4+6.00+3.98




Down Royal Jockey and Trainer Statistics (NH)

Who are the best national hunt jockeys and trainers to bet on at Down Royal?

Following Gavin Patrick Cromwell would have returned a profit here at Down Royal with an LSP of +23.36 and their sixteen winners have them at the head of the profitable trainers' list. Gordon Elliott does lead the trainers' list overall with sixty-seven winners but shows an overall loss. With an eachway LSP of +41.55 at Down Royal, David Peter Dunne leads the trainers in profit for backing eachway which has been helped by their five placings which include a total of one winner. The trainer with the worst record at Down Royal based on LSP is S R B Crawford who has only a 7% strike rate with ten winners from one hundred forty-nine runners who have returned an LSP of -61.18.

With a total number of twenty-six winners at Down Royal, J W Kennedy leads the way for winners from jockeys who have shown a profit (+8.31) for all of their rides at Down Royal. If you are more of an eachway player then you may want to know which jockey is best to follow at Down Royal and that would be Mr J C Gainford who shows the best eachway LSP which is +35.57 thanks to their thirteen placings (seven winners). A total of three winners from sixty rides at Down Royal has S W Flanagan at the wrong end of the jockeys' list with their 5% strike rate and worst LSP of -45.75.

Down Royal Picks & Hints

Here are some factors at Down Royal for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:

  • 8-13 (62%) +11.89 - Backing J W Kennedy rides when in a Hurdle race

Down Royal Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Down Royal based on the number of winners:

  • 26 Wins: Gordon Elliott & J W Kennedy
  • 10 Wins: Gordon Elliott & Mr J J Codd
  • 9 Wins: Gordon Elliott & D N Russell
  • 7 Wins: Henry De Bromhead & Rachael Blackmore
  • 6 Wins: Gordon Elliott & K M Donoghue

Down Royal Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Gavin Patrick Cromwell108-16-35+23.36-8.06
D A McLoughlin66-9-17+4.93-9.60
Mrs Denise Foster22-8-12+25.50+16.75
Matthew J Smith18-5-7+31.50+13.35
John Patrick Ryan48-4-10+22.00-0.17
A J Martin32-4-7+12.88-1.64
Emmet Mullins10-4-5+3.41+0.60
John Joseph Hanlon42-3-7+57.00+22.54
Ross O'Sullivan24-3-8+5.66+2.16
Denis Gerard Hogan20-3-4+2.50-3.95

Down Royal Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
J W Kennedy62-26-37+8.31-4.58
K M Donoghue53-10-23+15.31+7.20
Simon Torrens58-7-19+39.33+9.89
C D Maxwell53-7-12+0.63-14.72
Mr J C Gainford35-7-13+30.75+35.57
Darragh O'Keeffe66-5-8+3.38-21.22
Mr T Hamilton13-4-4+18.50+8.00
P J O'Hanlon43-3-9+11.00-4.35
Gavin Brouder28-3-7+48.83+15.44
Dillon Maxwell22-3-6+4.00-5.40




With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Down Royal Racecourse which includes the favourite statistics, draw bias and the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using results from HorseRaceBase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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