Dundalk Preview Friday 19th February

Another Friday night of racing under the lights awaits at Dundalk

Alan Marron is back to preview a very interesting card at Dundalk Stadium on Friday.

Folks, after a brief sabbatical on Wednesday we are back to preview an excellent card at Dundalk on Friday. We were in flying form last Friday so hopefully we can keep the winners coming. Best of luck if you follow. 🤞

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We start the night with a very competitive sprint handicap and the horse that catches my eye the most here is the David Marnane trained POET’S PRIDE.

This horse has mainly been campaigned over further but he is keen going sort who should cope with todays trip.

He is seven pound below his last winning mark which was over seven furlongs. He has won three times in his career so far and two of them have been in the month of February. He could just come to form at this time of the year. He is normally prominent in his races and can be quite free going.

They may let him bowl along here with blinkers applied and he might just be the dark horse of the race.

Solid each way play here.


A rather unoriginal selection here but I think the market leader SNEAKY GETAWAY should take plenty of beating.

This will be his first run on the all weather and comes here off the back of two poor runs over hurdles.

He was eight in an English Cesarewitch behind Stratum in 2019 and then twelfth in the Irish renewal behind stablemate Cape Gentleman. He really impressed me over hurdles at Fairyhouse towards the end of last year and if he can get back to anything like that form he should be much too good for this field.

The booking of Colin Keane is noteworthy and he should take all the beating here.


STOP ON RED looks one of the main protagonists here based on the form he has shown at Dundalk this season.

The one slight concern about this horse is that he has been raced over various trips and this will be his first attempt over 6f.

He was second to Never Seen Before last time over seven furlongs when he travelled well throughout the race. He was ridden to lead inside the final furlong but hung left and got caught close home.

Chris Hayes will be on board this time around and this will be his second time aboard this horse having ridden him when he made his debut.

It’s a tricky enough contest but a small play on Stop On Red might be the best way to go.


In recent weeks at Dundalk we have seen horses that have won over further campaigned over the slightly shorter trip and use their stamina to get up close home.

This race may have a similar trait with WONDER ELZAAM dropping down in trip for the team of Niall Egan and Niall Mc Cullagh.

I was really taken with this horse last time out when he ran on strongly to finish third behind Well Suited and Major Power. That form looks very strong for this type of race. He got the better of Mosala in a maiden at the course back in December so with the likes of Woodrow in here the pace looks very strong.

I think he will improve off his last run and looks one of the better bets on the night.

Should be very hard to keep out of the frame.


Hala Joud heads the market here and has run some very solid races in defeat around Dundalk and looks a good starting point for this race but the one that really stands out on form is BURGOO ALLEY trained by Paddy Twomey and will be ridden by Billy Lee.

This filly made her debut in what now was a very hot race at Bellewstown behind subsequent Group One Fillies Mile winner Pretty Gorgeous.

Even though the selection was a bit behind her on that occasion she still ran a race full of promise. She followed that up with another nice run at Galway behind Fourhometwo who ended up being placed in the Star Appeal Listed race at Dundalk.

This filly reappears here in a first time visor and she is nicely drawn. Of the ones with experience she could just have the best form in the field. I would keep a very close eye on the market prior to the start of this race.

She could be one of the classiest runners on the night at Dundalk if she can get close to the form she showed last season.

Will be hard to beat here.


The first division of this handicap looks a very interesting race with the market leader SISTER LOLA looking for a clearer passage this time around than she had last time out.

It is just interesting reading the racing post comments after the race that it states she was keen to post. Everything went wrong for her the last time and she done extremely well to finish second to Gatsby Cap who is a very decent benchmark for these types of races.

She steps up in trip here and she is drawn much better. She will likely need to settle better but if the extra yardage is in her favour then she should take plenty of beating here.

Eddie Lynam has his stable in flying form and it could be the start of a double on the card as we have a favourite of ours in the last on the night.


The second division of this handicap looks slightly trickier to get a handle on but the Pat Flynn trained TYRIANA looks a very interesting runner with Alan Persse on board claiming seven pounds.

Alan was among the winners on Wednesday when he gave Lady Of Luxury an absolute peach of a ride to win in cosy fashion.

Getting back to Tyriana she is still a maiden and the handicapper has left her on the same mark of 45 for her last couple of runs. She was well backed last time out when she finished behind Irish Ambassador but just in front of her was Masalai who went on to win twice since and will be looking to land a hat trick in the last race on the card.

I think there will be plenty of pace in this race with Miss Sassyboots likely to go forward and that should really suit Tyriana.

I will be watching for her finishing late and fast and hopefully get another winner on the board for Alan Persse.


While there may be some small question marks about his handicap mark MASALAI looks the one to beat here and should land the hat trick under Dylan Browne Mc Monagle.

He travels really well in his races and with the likes of Munfallet and Togoville in here we should be sure of a decent pace. Two runs ago he really caught the eye when victorious under Conor Hoban and he looked like there was plenty more to come.

Dylan got a lovely tune out of him the last day and he still won with a little bit in hand for me. In terms of the handicap mark he has never won off a mark of 66 but has been placed twice off it.

He is in rude health at the minute and at the top of his game.

He still takes all the beating here to end the night on a high.

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