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The flat season is heating up and there’s some interesting races on the Dundalk card on Friday. An eight-race programme with a 16.25 start. Below are a few runners to keep a close eye on.
First runner in Ireland in the famed Blue and White silks since the passing this week of prominent owner Sheikh Hamden Al Maktoum. Moktaffy was very impressive in a 14-runner maiden at Leopardstown in October.
It was a much-improved effort from his debut run and he will only get better with time and age. A son of Lope De Vega they run well on this surface and he has been gelded since last seen. Worth noting he finished in front of likely favourite in this race Sir Lamorak at Leopardstown and a big run will be expected from Trainer Dermot Weld.
A race full of potential and certainly will take some winning. Man of the moment Henry De Bromhead can do no wrong at present and Catena Zapata will be looking to win this race two years on the bounce for the yard. Hugely impressive when winning over course and distance back in December, bigger and better things lie ahead for Catena Zapata.
The form of that win in December has been boosted by Irwin who bolted up recently at Dundalk trained by Joseph O’Brien at short priced odds. The selection could take some stopping and Wayne Lordan is booked to ride.
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Handicap sprint action and as ever very competitive. Never easy to pick a winner but old reliable Eglish doesn’t know how to run a bad race and may be the safe play. Four-time course winner, she was visored for first-time latest when finishing fourth behind Togoville.
Gavin Ryan is back in the saddle and the Trainer/Jockey combo have an excellent strike rate when teaming up. Luck in running will be required but you know that Eglish will give her all and can certainly play a part in a tight finish.
Two cracking runs this season suggest to me that Betrayed is improving with every run. The manner of her latest success means that a five pounds rise looks lenient for this improving filly. The great Colin Keane is once again back in the saddle and no doubt he will have learned a great deal from her winning performance latest.
She clearly loves the polytrack surface and connections will be confident of another victory and possibly bigger and better things ahead for Betrayed.
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