• Dundalk - Friday



    Nap of the day - Red Avenger (6.30)

    5.30 - Six Silver Lane - Dundalk Stadium Business Club 2018 Claiming Race - Win

    Six Silver Lane just lost out to Catchy Lass over a longer trip than this here three weeks ago and should take all the beating. He had the fourth-placed Settle For Red a little over four lengths behind him that night and could also hold Yamato on an earlier effort when runner-up to Reckless Lad over this course and distance in January. It would come as no surprise if the trio dominated and the pick of the remainder should be Rosenborg Rider which has been running well in defeat of late.

    Exacta - 4-7 (Six Silver Lane/Settle For Red) Trifecta - 4-7-1 (Six Silver Lane/Settle For Red/Yamato)

    6.00 - Blackgold Fairy - AV Direct Irish EBF Fillies Maiden - Win

    Blackgold Fairy will surely improve on what she showed here in November behind Palariva and looks to hold a leading chance. She goes up in trip for her second start and is just preferred to Dream Point which drops back in distance after taking third place at Lingfield last time. Jazz Lady might just be next best after a promising start over seven furlongs here four weeks ago. Newcomers Always In Step and Theoneyouare are also worth a second look.

    Exacta - 3-7 (Blackgold Fairy/Dream Point) Trifecta - 3-7-10 (Blackgold Fairy/Dream Point/Jazz Lady)

    6.30 - Red Avenger - Print Express Handicap - Win

    An open race and at the foot of the handicap, Red Avenger might just be the one. He had this evening’s rival Reckless Lad behind him when second to Settle For Bay here at the end of January but lost out to that same rival two weeks ago. The weights are just about back in his favour now and he can turn the latest form around and could also have the beating of Jon Ess which had Beach Bar behind him when a winner last time out.

    Exacta - 7-8 (Red Avenger/Reckless Lad) Trifecta - 7-8-6 (Red Avenger/Reckless Lad/Jon Ess)

    7.00 - Havana Go - Boyle Bingo Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden - Win

    Havana Go might be open to further improvement after taking third place behind Ship Of Dreams and the luckless Port Lions here at the beginning of the year and can win now. He started off with a hugely promising effort behind Mattymolls Gaga at Leopardstown in July and on overall form looks better than Irish Minister which has also had two starts but was soundly beaten behind newcomer Karakour here seven weeks ago. His stable companion Tagle looks held by the selection on their run behind Ship Of Dreams and might not pose the same threat as Zarena which makes her debut in familiar colours here.

    Exacta - 2-3 (Havana Go/Irish Minister) Trifecta - 2-3-12 (Havana Go/Irish Minister/Zarena)

    7.30 - Three Majors - Carnbeg Hotel & Spa Handicap - Each/Way

    It’s a big ask to find the winner here but perhaps Three Majors can reach the frame at least. He won over this course and distance towards the end of last month and wasn’t beaten all that far when tried at Wolverhampton subsequently. He ran from a wide draw when just in behind both Tee Ranger and Fashionable Man here six weeks ago and can turn that form around if getting a prominent early position from a more favourable stall this time. Bluesbreaker has a wide draw to overcome here while Kodiac’s Back has it all to do on his return from an 11-month absence.

    Exacta - 7-10 (Three Majors/Tee Ranger) Trifecta - 7-10-9 (Three Majors/Tee Ranger/Fashionable Man)

    8.00 - High Susie - irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap - Each/Way

    High Susie might just enjoy a change in fortune as she drops back in trip. She was running in her first handicap when a close fifth of 12 behind her stable companion Palace Guard here last month and was over the same seven-furlong trip when fourth at Chelmsford three weeks ago. She has a little ground to make up this evening’s top-weight Patrick joseph on her run here last month but can turn the form around over this distance. Downtown Diva makes a quick reappearance after taking second place at Kempton last Saturday but clearly holds a chance as her recent form reads very well.

    Exacta - 4-1 (High Susie/Patrick Joseph) Trifecta - 4-1-3 (High Susie/Patrick Joseph/Downtown Diva)

    8.30 - Challow - Connolly Kelly Accountants Apprentice Handicap - Each/Way

    Challow has just his second start for new connections and might go well. He was running for the first time since October when fourth to Pari Passu over a mile here at the beginning of the month and should be better suited by the much longer trip this evening. Easy Boy beat Pillard to win here to win over the course and distance two weeks ago and they both enter calculations as does Catchy Lass which is another going up in trip after her recent win. Shake The Bucket continues to chase a record tenth course win and had both Nulife and Galuminous behind him when runner-up to easy winner California Lad last Friday. However, the draw is against him here and Temasek Star is certainly a bigger danger to all.

    Exacta - 7-10 (Challow/Easy Boy) Trifecta - 7-10-2 (Challow/Easy Boy/Pillard)

    9.00 - Pari Passu - Kentucky Derby Qualifier At Dundalk Stadium March 2nd Handicap - Each/Way

    Pari Passu was a good winner over a mile here at the beginning of the month and while little went his way when dropped back in trip a week later, perhaps his first try over this distance will provide a more favourable result. California Lad is on a hat-trick and makes a quick return after last week’s cosy success and another recent winner is Nimitz which got off the mark here four weeks ago. Alcander drops back in distance after chasing home the improving Financial Conduct last week and is another with definite possibilities despite the wide draw.

    Exacta - 10-7 (Pari Passu/California Lad) Trifecta - 10-7-6 (Pari Passu/California Lad/Alcander)



    Fairyhouse - Saturday



    Nap of the day - Out Of The Loop (2.55)

    1.45 - Mitchouka - Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3)  - Win

    Mitchouka has by far and away the best form of these and, although he has to concede weight all round, he should be up to it. He has twice finished behind Espoir D’Allen but slammed Veneer Of Charm and Mastermind hers last month. There’s no reason why Mastermind should reverse the placings on identical terms and perhaps the biggest danger will be Cristal Icon. She was third behind the very impressive Saldier last Saturday at Gowran Park and receives 14lbs from the likely favourite. Any improvement from that run puts here right in the picture. Alohamora was an average flat maiden but won well on debut for James Nash last month while Randalls Ur Poet was only beaten a neck when favourite here two weeks ago.

    Exacta - 1 – 7 (Mitchouka / Cristal Icon) Trifecta - 1 – 7 – 2 (Mitchouka / Cristal Icon / Mastermind)

    2.20 - Battling Spirit – Attheraces.com/Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle - Each/Way

    A competitive event and Battling Spirit might be good enough to score after finishing a fair third to a well handicapped rival over three miles here in late January. This followed a decisive win at Clonmel in December and this improved performer gets on well with his rider who claims a valuable 7lbs. Brosna George looks a threat on his decent third over this course and distance 11 days ago which was an effort in keeping with his consistent profile over his past four outings so another good showing is very much on the cards. Jazz Ranger ran well enough when fourth at Thurles in the middle of last month to indicate another prominent display is likely while Bettatogether hails from a yard in terrific form of late and must be feared having finished fifth to a stable companion over this course recently. Zagnzig looks the pick of the remainder.

    Exacta - 4 - 6 (Battling Spirit/Brosna George) Trifecta - 4 - 6 - 9 (Battling Spirit/Brosna George/Zagnzig)

    2.55 - Out Of The Loop - Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle - Win  

    Out Of The Loop won his maiden hurdle at Downpatrick back in October and then dropped back to two miles (in a hood) at Down Royal when only fifth behind Top Othe Ra – which is a very reliable yardstick. Back up to this distance here in December he was a very easy winner and although carrying an extra 9lbs, the hood is once again left off and he can follow up. There’s no shortage of dangers though, headed by Brave Out who was beaten less than two lengths behind Returntovendor at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve. Drumacoo must also enter calculations under the in-form Robbie Power and this is only his third run since moving to Michael Hourigan’s stable. Turbojet wasn’t beaten too far behind Mine Now at Leopardstown but needs to take a step forward.

    Exacta - 7 – 11 (Outoftheloop / Brave Out) Trifecta. 7 – 11 – 3 (Outoftheloop / Brave Out / Drumacoo)

    3.30 - Mala Beach - At The Races Bobbyjo Steeplechase (Grade 3) - Win  

    Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliot have won the last seven runnings of this race between them and can fight out the finish again. Mala Beach pulled up in the Unibet Irish Gold Cup last time out but the ground was reported as being too quick for him then and he’s better judged on his win in the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan prior to Christmas. He had reportedly been working exceptionally well before that Irish Gold Cup and can make the most of the weight allowance from Bellshill. Willie Mullins’s chaser has never been beaten on his seasonal reappearance but looks to have bigger targets in sight as the season progresses. Noel Meade’s stable is quiet at present so perhaps Lord Scoundrel can snatch third place ahead of A Genie In Abottle.

    Exacta. 6 – 1 (Mala Beach / Bellshill) Trifecta. 6 – 1 – 5 (Mala Beach / Bellshill/ Lord Scoundrel)

    4.05 - Veinard – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase - Win

    Cadmium was having his first race for well over a year when a respectable third to stable companion Bonbon Au Miel at Navan in mid-January and with improvement expected he should take a bit of beating here. However, Veinard was a decent sort in big handicap hurdles and provided his jumping is up to scratch, he could well be good enough with Davy Russell on board. He likes to come from off the pace and might be a bit of value to beat the likely favourite. Fit To Be Tied has been a bit disappointing since going over fences but this is the weakest race he has contested to date so a more forward showing would not be a surprise while Highland Fling was a capable sort over hurdles and could be of interest on his chasing debut although this minimum trip may be a bit on the short side for him. Backintheboom was in the frame when a remote third here recently but has more on his plate this afternoon.

    Exacta - 8 - 1 (Veinard/Cadmium) Trifecta. 8 - 1 - 3 (Veinard/Cadmium/Highland Fling)

    4.40 - Sizing Coal - Download At The Races App Hunters Chase - Win

    It is great to see the veteran Salsify line up here as this grand servant is now a 13-year-old and it would be no surprise to see him run a good race on his first appearance since finishing in midfield behind Pacha Du Polder in last year’s Foxhunters Chase at Cheltenham in March. Eddies Miracle was running a solid race when coming down at the last in the race won by Wilcosdiana at Cork last November and should be capable of going close granted a clear round while Rossvoss was formerly a useful campaigner that should not be underestimated. However, Sizing Coal looks the right solution. A fair third to the very smart Gilgamboa at Down Royal in late December, he has already won a couple of point to points this season and should take plenty of beating in a race like this.

    Exacta - 2 - 4 (Sizing Coal/Eddies Miracle) Trifecta. 2 - 4 - 1 (Sizing Coal/Eddies Miracle/Salsify)

    5.10 - Stay Humble – Ian Smith Memorial INH Flat Race - Win

    A very interesting bumper where the betting market will be of considerable interest with some newcomers from top stables engaged and it might be best to stick with Stay Humble from the Willie Mullins yard. A decisive winner of his only start in a point-to-point at Ballynoe last April, he is sure to be forward enough to go close at the first time of asking and market support for him would be highly significant. Sometime Soon is another once raced point-to-point winner from the Elliott yard that is sure to be fancied to go well while Thosedaysaregone hails from a stable that has introduced three first time out bumper winners in the last couple of weeks and must be greatly respected. Of those with previous form, The Granson has showed enough to suggest he could go well here while the booking of Nina Carberry for Buddy Rich could indicate that this one will be fancied to figure prominently.

    Exacta - 8 - 9 (Stay Humble/Thosedaysaregone)

    Trifecta - 8 - 9 - 7 (Stay Humble/Thosedaysaregone/Sometime Soon)



    Naas - Sunday



    Nap of the day - Stowaway Forever (4.15)

    1.40 - Whisperinthebreeze - Cavan Developments Home Builder Supporting Kill GAA Maiden Hurdle - Win

    Whisperinthebreeze is probably the one to beat after a fine hurdling debut at Gowran Park a month ago where he took third place behind easy winner Scarpeta and subsequent runaway Naas winner and this afternoon’s Grade 2 contender Cartwright. That looks the best form on offer and he is readily preferred to At Your Ease which wasn’t beaten all that far on his first start at Leopardstown and, in the same colours, I Am Sailing which ran well in a bumper at Navan in early December. 

    Exacta - 19-9 (Whisperinthebreeze/At Your Ease) Trifecta - 19-9-2 (Whisperinthebreeze/At Your Ease/I Am Sailing)

    2.10 - Contingency - Paddy Power Rated Novice Hurdle - Win

    Contingency ran a blinder when third to the well-treated Alletrix in a good handicap hurdle at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival earlier in the month. It was her first start since the middle of September and a hugely promising effort on just her third run over hurdles. Pete So High beat subsequent winner Last Man Standing at Thurles last month and ran well again when runner-up to yesterday’s Fairyhouse Grade 3 contender Mastermind here two weeks ago and he looks a danger along with recent course and distance winner Best Behavior.

    Exacta - 4-6 (Contingency/Pete So High) Trifecta - 4-6-3 (Contingency/Pete So High/Best Behavior)

    2.40 - Fitzhenry - What Odds Paddy Novice Handicap Chase - Win

    Fitzhenry is clearly in the best of form and must have every chance of getting back to winning ways on his return to fences. He won over the larger obstacles at Thurles in December and only just lost out to an in-form Dromore Lad over hurdles at Fairyhouse six weeks ago. Sutton Manor didn’t really feature behind Last Goodbye in a big handicap chase at Leopardstown last time but is certainly better judged on earlier form in novice company. He will be expected to run a better race now and perhaps Coeur Joyeux, another behind Last Goodbye at Leopardstown, will also show more against these. Tout Est Permis has done well over hurdles of late and might make an impact on his handicap chase debut.

    Exacta - 5-2 (Fitzhenry/Sutton Manor) Trifecta - 5-2-3 (Fitzhenry/Sutton Manor/Coeur Joyeux)

    3.10 - Speak Easy - Grade 2 Paddy Power Novice Hurdle - Win

    Speak Easy was having just his second racecourse start and his second start over hurdles when contesting the two-and-a-half-mile Grade 1 novice hurdle here at the beginning of the year and might improve enough to land this lesser contest. He impressed when winning his maiden hurdle over this distance at Navan in December and could put it up to some more experienced rivals. Impact Factor has some nice form to his name and might well be second best ahead of Cartwright, possibly the pick of Gordon Elliott’s three runners.

    Exacta - 7-2 (Speak Easy/Impact Factor) Trifecta - 7-2-3 (Speak Easy/Impact Factor/Cartwright)

    3.45 - Doctor Phoenix - Grade 3 Paddy’s Rewards Chase - Win

    Doctor Phoenix looks to have plenty going for him. Best suited by the conditions of the race, he was the wide-margin winner of a good handicap chase at Fairyhouse in the middle of last month and looks a bet in receipt of 8lbs from Ball D’Arc which was twice a winner over fences here last year. He had American Tom behind him when successful in a Grade 3 here in November and that same rival has since chased home A Toi Phil in a similar race at Thurles.

    Exacta - 5-1 (Doctor Phoenix/Ball D’Arc) Trifecta - 5-1-4 (Doctor Phoenix/Ball D’Arc/American Tom)

    4.15 - Stowaway Forever - Ardstone Homes Supporting Kill GAA Handicap Hurdle - Win

    Stowaway Forever tops the weights and looks to have a leading chance. He just failed to catch Mick The Boyo over this course and distance at the end of last month when he arguably didn’t get the clearest of runs from before the second last hurdle. For good measure, he is 3lbs better off with that rival now and should turn the tables. He is also preferred to Sparky Stowaway which was a winner at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day and another arriving on the back of a recent win is Chateauneuf Du Pap which is back in handicap company after taking a maiden hurdle at Tramore on New Year's Day.

    Exacta - 1-7 (Stowaway Forever/Mick The Boyo) Trifecta - 1-7-8 (Stowaway Forever/Mick The Boyo/Sparky Stowaway)

    4.45 - Bilko - Jordan’s Centra Supporting Kill GAA Handicap Chase - Each/Way

    Bilko has run two fair races behind the much-improved Wishmoor over a shorter trip than this here already this year and should go well again in first time blinkers. There was plenty to like about his most recent run two weeks ago in a far stronger race than this and he readily gets the nod over Oscar Lantern which had another of this afternoon’s rivals, Swingbridge behind him in third place when a winner at Punchestown at the end of last month. The latter has since finished runner-up off a much lower mark over hurdles and might not present the same danger as the recent Fairyhouse winner Dinnie’s Vinnie.

    Exacta - 1-7 (Bilko/Oscar Lantern) Trifecta - 1-7-10 (Bilko/Oscar Lantern/Dinnie’s Vinnie)

    5.15 - Carefully Selected - Paddy Power Acca Insurance INH Flat Race - Win

    Carefully Selected looked a smart recruit when making a winning start at Leopardstown over Christmas and is taken to follow up. He looked to achieve more that day than both Invincible Cave and Kildorrery did when winning their respective races at Navan and Tramore late last year and could be star in the making. At starting price odds of 6/4, 11/8, 5/4 and 8/13, trainer Charles Byrnes has won with his last four bumper runners but his newcomer Alpine Cobra could well be up against it. Likewise, point-to-point winners Press Conference and Madera Express start off in a hot-looking contest and might struggle.

    Exacta - 1-2 (Carefully Selected/Invincible Cave) Trifecta - 1-2-4 (Carefully Selected/Invincible Cave/Alpine Cobra)



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