We had a mixed night last Friday folks when we had a couple of placed selections before Colin Keane produced some magic and got Marchons Ensemble up close home in the final race at 7/1.
This Friday we have another cracking card at Dundalk Stadium and make sure ye catch all the action live in your local Bar One Racing shop. We will have plenty of offers and specials throughout the day so make sure ye check them out.
5.00 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (C & G) Maiden of €25,000.00 2-y-o 7f
FEELING TIP TOP produced a taking performance when second over course and distance behind what looks a smart individual in Inca Prince.
He travelled nicely throughout the race but the winner had more gusto inside the final furlong and won with a bit in hand.
This race looks weaker than the maiden Feeling Tip Top contested last time so a reproduction of that run should see him oblige here.
We know that he handles the surface and he will have no doubt improved again off the back of that run. He was one of my selections two weeks ago when I mentioned the piece of form on his debut at the Curragh where he had a troubled passage and stayed on strongly to finish fourth.
He should be extremely hard to beat here for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley.
5.30 Irish EBF Median Sires Series Fillies Maiden of €25,000.00 2-y-o 7f
Johnny Murtagh and his team have been in flying form this season and his filly here BUZZ OF NEW YORK attracted plenty of market support on her debut at Naas and ran very well.
She dwelt at the start and it took her a while to realise what the game was all about but she done all her best work in the closing stages and wasn’t beaten far in the end.
The most interesting thing for me is whether her backers will return because if she can improve off the back of her debut then she should go very close here.
The winner of the race in Naas wasn’t beaten far in a Group Three next time out so the form has some substance to it.
Keep a close eye on the market as she will be hard to keep out of the frame.
6.00 Story Of Dundalk Stadium Book Available Online Handicap (45-75) (DIV I) of €10,000.00 3-y-o plus 7f.
HIEROGLYPHIC looks a very interesting runner here on her return to the artificial surface for Michael Halford and Adam Farragher.
This filly has contested some very hot handicaps on the grass in recent months and this looks a step down in grade.
She caught my eye at the Curragh on her penultimate run where she stayed on well in a race won by Big Gossey. The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th and 14th placed horses from that race have won since so that franks the form in no uncertain terms.
Hieroglyphic then went to Cork over seven furlongs where she was one paced inside the final furlong and weakened out of contention.
This race should be run to suit and one of her main assets is that she travels supremely well through her race. Adam will be claiming seven pound here and that should really help her.
She looks a solid each way option here and should be staying on late and fast.
6.30 Story Of Dundalk Stadium Book Available Online Handicap (45-75) (DIV II) of €10,000.00 3-y-o plus 7f.
Damian English is no stranger to success on the all weather and his runner here SHAWAF looks to have a strong chance of getting his head in front under Ronan Whelan.
This horse likes to race prominent and he should have every chance of getting close to the front from stall five. He was third in maiden company last week behind the Michael Halford trained Sindhia and that was a very good run. He set the early fractions but just wasn’t able to sustain it close home.
There is plenty of questions to be asked about a number of the opposition here and I think back in a handicap Shawaf could get his own way in front and give them plenty to do.
He will have race fitness on his side and will be hard to keep out of the frame here.
7.00 DundalkStadium.com Handicap (70-100) of €21,000.00 3-y-o plus 7f
Geological would normally be my selection for a race like this but I simply can’t ignore the extremely well handicapped KATIYMANN trained by Michael Halford who will hopefully get himself a double on the card.
This horse has been out of form on the turf and returns here off a mark of 80 and that should be more than enough to see him put in a good run.
He is simply more at home on the all weather and he was second off 87 and 88 in recent seasons around here. There is still plenty of ability in this horse as he ran an absolute cracker at Leopardstown in July where he was short of room on the inner when travelling well, then switched out he stayed on strongly without troubling the leaders.
He looks to have a solid each way chance here but could pop up at a nice price.
7.30 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap of €15,500.00 3-y-o plus 1m.
This race contains one of the most interesting runners on the card for me.
DOUBLE KODIAC trained by Leanne Breen and owned by the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate had some very strong form when formerly trained by Simon Crisford and it will be interesting to see how he goes on Irish debut.
This horse broke his maiden at the first time of asking at Maisons Laffitte when he defeated two very good horses in Ecolo in second and Delaware back in fourth.
Ecolo has kept some good company and ran most recently on Arc weekend in a handicap while on the other hand Delaware went on to win a Group Three.
Double Kodiac has a very strong form lines in terms of his UK form also, he finished second at Newmarket to subsequent German 2000 Guineas winner Fox Champion.
The last time we seen this horse he was third to Nonios at Lingfield and Nonios is rated 101 on the all weather for David Simcock.
Double Kodiac without doubt will improve for his first run in 223 days but he looks an above average recruit for the Warrenpoint based trainer.
The booking of Oisin Orr catches the eye and I will be keeping a close eye on the market overnight.
He gets in here off a mark of 83 and that could be extremely lenient to say the least.
8.00 Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Apprentice Handicap (45-65) of €9,000.00 3-y-o plus 1m. 2f. 150yds.
TIME AND MONEY ran a cracker on his handicap debut last time at the track and should be extremely hard to beat here with that run behind him.
Andrew Oliver has a nack of improving these horses and there is no doubt that this horse is better than his current handicap mark.
He was doing all his best work in the closing stages last time out behind Helen De Pourteles and within another stride or two he would have got up close home.
He steps up in trip here and that looks sure to suit. He was quite keen in the rear for Shane Foley last time out so the wide draw for Gavin Ryan this time should suit perfectly.
He should be able to drop him in and get him switched off and travelling and come with a winning run late on up the straight.
The handicapper has raised him 3lb for that near miss last time and he looks to have every chance of going one better this time around.
Will take plenty of beating here.
8.30 Handicap of €11,000.00 3-y-o plus 1m. 4f.
The final race on another cracking Friday card looks a competitive little puzzle to try and solve and I am going to take a chance on the John Mc Connell trained CONSTRUCT with Simon Torrens booked.
This horse was last seen just under two weeks ago behind the Ted Walsh trained Dewcup over hurdles.
This horse ran well over course and distance back in April 2019 when he was third off a mark of 78. He is only three pound higher here but with Simon claiming five that will leave him nicely weighted on his best form.
He has won twice over hurdles since that and finished second off a mark of 130 three runs ago at Downpatrick where he jumped for fun up front and got outstayed close home by Dollys Destination.
He looks to have a very good chance here and will be a decent price. He will hopefully give us a winner to end the night.