Dual Race Night at Dundalk

Peter Kingston looks forward to the Dual Race Night at Dundalk

A great night in store for the Dual Race Night.

A seven horse race card starting at 5.45pm with €90,000 prize-money up for grabs and afterwards a greyhound card featuring the Irish Sprint Cup, the richest race of its kind on the Irish dog racing calendar.

The racing which I will preview below is fierce competitive, I won’t lie. Solving Brexit may be easier than some of the handicaps. But I shall try.

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Quiet Look

The first race, the 5.45 is a 2yo fillies maiden. The market and how they look in the paddock will be a much needed guide. The outsider of the lot Silent Look took my attention for a few reasons; It’s outsider of the field, born in February, her dam won at two, well drawn and Gavin Ryan claims a valuable 7 pounds. None of these look world beaters on breeding or their sales tag.

Put us in the Black

Kris Black is running in his first handicap this evening. This race is very hard to solve among those seasoned campaigners. Ar Saoirse will lead and may provide an angle for in running punters to trade for profit at halfway. Many of these are chancing 5f for the first time or this race is an afterthought. The selection Kris Black in first time blinkers last time out travelled powerfully for a time and shaped like both 5f and a drop in grade would suit. We are reaching for a winner, but Kris Black is unexposed against very ordinary opposition here and is a fair price.

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Hoping to Strike Gold

6 year old mare Touch of Gold is a big price relative to her opposition considering she ran very well in 5th behind Park Row here in February and was a dual winner at the start of the winter season at Dundalk. She may strip fitter for her last run, travels well and can get involved at a big price each way. Killian Leonard takes off 3 pounds and a wide stall is not so much of a concern over 12 furlongs, with a long run to the first bend.

The Early Bird Catches… Pigeons?

Balefire was very well backed last night and this morning for the in form team of Michael Halford. The 3 year old Shamardal colt ran an eye-catching debut in Leopardstown last October, shaping as if the extra furlong tonight would really suit. That race has worked out well; the winner ran ok in a listed contest, 2nd won his maiden and the 9th won a handicap off 65 last Sunday at Naas.

We may have missed the price on Balefire but the market support also confirms our suspicions he could be a nice horse to follow.  Memsie may be a colt to keep on side as the stable often keep one or two back from the breeze ups each year to have some success on the track.

Lynam’s Media Deal

I noticed where Sarah Lynam has started to pen a blog for the Irish Tote last week, a media deal if you will. This looks a very winnable maiden and her 4 year old gelding showed enough promise on debut to think he could win here. Claiming 5 pounds is a help as should the drop back to a mile. He travelled well turning in over 10 furlongs on his debut behind May Peace Prevail.


This is a tricky customer who’s refused to race, been unseated at the start and generally a nuisance for connections. Miss Katy Brown’s 4 year old has plenty of ability to win off a mark of 65 however. If he consents to give his best, Descendant could make a mockery of his big price. He was narrowly beaten off 2 pounds higher back in November and hopefully after 77 days off is freshened up to give his running. Cash back offers like ‘We Pay Fair’ in Bar One Racing shops give you a bit more confidence with risky propositions like this.


Keep it simple stupid. Magic Sea is always well supported in the market and should relish the step up to two miles this evening in the last. Black Label gets the services of Colin Keane from the in form Ado McGuinness yard and also relishes the marathon flat trip. Backing both is odds against when coupled at the time of writing, that or availing of either each way with an extra place on offers looks a fair option. Many of the rags in the betting don’t inspire.

The Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup

Joe Carroll of the Dundalk Democrat is a keen greyhound race goer and would have followed this competition from start to tonight’s conclusion. A good judge, I will let him inform you of what’s in store for tonight’s big race.

A runner by runner guide can be found here 

Betting for the Irish Sprint Cup Final which the traps go up at 9.41pm can be found here


5.45 Silent Look

6.15 Kris Black

6.45 Touch of Gold

7.15 Balefire

7.45 Media Deal

8.15 Descendant

8.45 Magic Sea/Black Label

9.41 Ardnasool Jet

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*Odds were correct at time of publishing the article