Dundalk Preview Friday 20th November

Alan Marron is back to preview a fun filled Friday card at Dundalk Stadium.

Folks, its another fantastic Friday card at Dundalk Stadium and we have all the action previewed here. On paper at least, we look to have a couple of really nice chances so check out each race below. 

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CATENA ZAPATA was one colt I mentioned recently to keep a close eye on following a midfield finish on debut.

He impressed in a barrier trial prior to that where he finished second and the step up in trip looks sure to suit. If you watch his debut run back you will see that he does everything right, travelled nicely and then just flattened out up the home straight.

He will have improvement to find but the market suggested last time that he had shown previous ability at home. I would keep a close eye on the market this time around.

Expect him to go very close.




In terms of her consistent turf form FICTITIOUS LADY with a first time visor applied could get her head in front on all weather debut.

In her last two races she had two Kevin Prendergast fillies in behind her, Nawafeth and prior to that Astadash and both of them have come and won at Dundalk in recent weeks.

Fictitious Lady has been doing all her best work in the closing stages of her races. Stamina wont be an issue whatsoever as she stayed on very strongly over 1m 2f at Down Royal back on the 24th of July.

While it might be a concern that she seems to find one or two too good, I think the application of the visor and the change in surface will unlock the key to her maiden success.

She is a strong form pick and should be very hard to beat.




John Feane loves to get a winner around Dundalk and PACHMENA provided him with a 40/1 success when she got her head in front last time out.

The handicapper has given her a chance here by only raising her 3lb in the weights and with Joey Sheridan claiming five that leaves her nicely weighted.

It looked quite a shock at the time but the third horse Punk Poet absolutely bolted up here recently along with the fourth Dame Rapide who won for our preview with Siobhan Rutledge on board. The ninth horse Kartayaz has also franked the form by finishing third this week.

The post race comments regarding Pachmena were very interesting, Gavin Ryan who was aboard was quoted afterwards saying that she is a free moving filly and is a nice filly going forward and that trainer John Feane likes her.

She looks to have a solid each way chance here.




EDIYVA really impressed me last time out for the Michael Halford team and with normal improvement she will be extremely hard to beat.

Last time out Donagh O Connor was on board and this time around she will have the services of Ronan Whelan, she travelled and quickened when asked last time and looks a very uncomplicated filly. The form of the race has been let down by some runners lately but I still think this filly is very smart.

When she won last time out connections were thinking about the Cooley Listed Stakes and looking at that now they may be happy they avoided Ummalnar. She will take all the beating here.


It could be a double on the card for Willie Mc Creery hopefully as his filly here BRINGLOID with visor applied looks to be the answer.

She has been dropped three pound in the ratings from 64 to 61 after her last run and that looks lenient to me considering all that went wrong. She was short of room at a vital stage and was running on strongly close home to finish fifth. She is much better drawn this time round and has a nice pull at the weights with Eglish who was victorious on that occasion.

I think Mark Enright will be looking to get her settled behind the pace and finish her race strongly again.

She will be hard to keep out of the frame.




One horse here that I followed for quite a while and that is JERED MADDOX and on his run last time out it looks as if he is poised to strike this time around.

He finished second to Pillar last time out who is a very good yardstick and the handicapper has been kind in dropping him 2lb. Donagh O Connor who was aboard last time is on board again and he is nicely berthed in stall two.

This horse was third on the turf off a mark of 74 back in the summer and a reproduction of that form and he will take plenty of beating here. He has seen the back of Pillar twice around Dundalk in recent weeks but I think he will be able to reverse the form with a better draw.

If we look at his run behind Arnhem the time before, the third horse St Georges Head came out and won since so that gives the form a solid look to it. Jered Maddox will need a pace to aim at and I think there is plenty in this race that want to go forward.




The second division of this handicap is a very tricky affair altogether and I’ve gone for quite a speculative selection in BURREN ORCHID trained by Kieran Cotter.

Kieran has horses in excellent form and his association with Declan Mc Donagh around Dundalk in recent weeks has paid dividends.

Adam Farragher will be aboard this filly as she makes her debut for her new yard and it will be very interesting to see if the market speaks in her favour. She was formerly trained by Willie Mc Creery and the most interesting thing for me is that she only started 12/1 for her debut. She had been backed in from 20/1 so it suggested she had ability.

The fact that she had a hood on for debut showed she may have been a little temperamental. The last time we seen her she was again punted from 50/1 into 16/1 and finished 9 lengths behind The King Of Kells.

The change of scenery could just spark life into this filly and she could give us a solid run at a decent price.




As mentioned in a previous preview John Mc Connells team have a habit of landing the final race on the card and they did so with Dame Rapide on Monday and could do so again here with STANHOPE.

Owned by the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate this horse looks nicely weighted with Siobhan Rutledge claiming seven off his back. This horse has course and distance form where he was second off a mark of 85, this time around he gets in off 75 minus the claim so it leaves him well in.

He caught the eye on his most recent run here with Rory Cleary aboard staying on up the straight but never near the leaders. That was over 5f but the step up to 6f could just bring him back into the equation here.

Siobhan is riding with plenty of confidence and the team are in great form. Watch the market for clues.

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