Racing Preview: Dundalk Races, Fri 22nd November

Friday night's meeting will be the last one at Dundalk in 2019

Alan Marron has had a very successful year with his horse-racing selections

There are eight races to look forward to on Friday night at Dundalk, with a full complement of 14 runners in each of them except for the iCopy Handicap at 8:15pm, which has 13.

As usual, bookie-basher Alan Marron is here to offer his thoughts on the card, and his level-stakes profit on the year suggests that plenty of people will have benefited from his advice.

Here are his thoughts on Friday’s card, which starts at 5:15pm


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5.15 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap (3yo+ 45-65) Winner €5,910 14 runners 5f 

KEN’S SAM’S looks to be coming into form at the right time and another victory could be very close indeed.

She is a bit of a bridle horse who needs everything to drop right and a quickly-run five furlong race could really suit her as she could use her stamina and nab them all close home.

She was eye-catching last time out when travelling well off the pace and running on into a never-threatening sixth. That should leave her spot-on for this race and she should also be a decent price.

She was a winner off a mark of 61 over 6f and he gets in here off 59 and I think she looks the value in a trappy contest.

Ken’s Sam’s price at 4pm on Friday: 5/1


Alan Marron thinks that Ado McGuinness will have three winners on Friday at Dundalk


5.45 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Claiming Race (3yo+)

ALABASTER, who is a recent recruit from the Sir Mark Prescott stable, looks a very interesting contender on the basis of form that he showed in the UK. He finished either second or third in his last six races that were contested over 1m 6f or 2m. He now drops back to 1m 2f, and that could prove to be his undoing as he may need further. However, connections could opt to send him off in front and he prove be very hard to pass.

The change of stables could be something that helps the horse and he could be a totally different proposition here. Should be hard to beat.

Alabaster’s price at 4pm on Friday: 5/1


6.15 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Handicap (3yo+ 45-75)

Sheila Lavery has had her team in very good form all season and her runner here ULTRA PRIDE looks to be very unexposed on the all-weather and should have a very strong chance.

He finished a very good third to Shamad in the Amateur Riders’ Derby at The Curragh off the same mark from which he gets in here. He then returned after a 56-day break to run a cracker behind the Jim Bolger-trained Mother Vincent at Naas on heavy ground. A mark of 72 looks lenient on the basis of a win in a handicap at The Curragh earlier in the season.

The stable could have plenty of fun with this horse on the all-weather. Solid each-way value.

Ultra Pride’s price at 4pm on Friday: 6/1

Don’t forget that this is an extra-place race with us (see above)



Sheila Lavery, trainer of Ultra Pride


6.45 1m Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (Div I) (2yo)

With not much form to go on here HAIFA could improve past some of the newcomers after a very creditable run first time up at 66-1 behind Vatican City in what looked like a very good maiden.

This race looks weak and she stayed on nicely from the rear. I would expect her to improve a little and maybe get in contention. She could run into a place at a double figure price. She is likely one to watch when she gets a handicap mark next season.

Haifa’s price at 4pm on Friday: 22/1


Alan Marron feels that trainer Michael Halford holds good chances in Dundalk’s two-year-old maidens


7.15 1m Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (Div II) (2yo)

We go back to the same form from the previous selection as Michael Halford could be in line for a quick double with the Aga Khan-owned KARBASANN who finished fifth to Vatican City last time out.

That was a very promising run and with normal improvement he should go very close here.

If you watch the race back you will see that he was on the outer on the way up the straight and stayed on well once the penny dropped close home. He was only beaten five-and-three-quarter lengths and that form should be enough to see him competitive here. Solid each-way value.

Karbasann’s price at 4pm: 11/4


7.45 1m Connolly Kelly Accountants Fillies Maiden (3yo+)

Denis Hogan is a very shrewd trainer and he has a very interesting contender here with the former James Fanshawe-trained STORM APPROACHING. She made the running on her final run in the UK and finished a creditable third. This isn’t a strong maiden, and if she sets off in front here she could be hard to pass.

The winner of that race, Orchidia, has mark of 77, and on a line of form through that, Storm Approaching should have a strong chance. Many of the runners here are exposed and the Dermot Weld newcomer Sweet Affection might be the one to cause her the most trouble.

Storm Approaching’s price at 4pm on Friday: 25/1


Denis Hogan has had five winners at Dundalk since racing resumed at the track in September



8:15pm 1m iCopy Handicap (3yo+)

Geological is turning into something of a standing dish at Dundalk and HIGHLY APPROVED did well to get as close as she did from off the pace behind the front-runner on Wednesday night. Her turn is close at hand and this race looks devoid of pace and she may be able to sit and travel and, with some luck, go very close.

She will need to improve another bit for the step up to a mile but I would expect a very decent run here as she showed she remains in form. She won over a mile at Bellewstown on the turf so that shows that she gets the trip, even though it was at a tighter track. Will be well supported here, no doubt.

Highly Approved’s price at 4pm on Friday: 2/1


8.45 7f Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap (3yo+ 45-65)

LOADED has a mandatory six-pound penalty but that shouldn’t be enough to stop him following up after winning on Wednesday.

He really impressed me when staying on from off the pace to get up close home and this horse could make a mockery of his mark and continue his progression.

He is likely to be rated around 70 after this race so he is very difficult to oppose. Colin Keane is back in the saddle here and I would be very surprised if he gets beaten here with a strong pace to aim at.

The nap of the night for me.

Loaded’s price at 4pm on Friday: 5/2

Don’t forget that this is an extra-place race with us (see above)





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