Horse Racing tips: Fran Berry’s 8 fancies at Dundalk on Friday

Sporting Life's top columnist Fran Berry has all the plays you’ll need at the Co Louth track.

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16:45 Malaysian

A fillies claiming race to start the night and a few of these mightn’t be the most reliable. However, Sister Lola was second last time in a Curragh handicap and Colin Keane has been booked to ride. She’s been very busy in the last few weeks and that may just hand the advantage to MALAYSIAN trained by Jessica Harrington.

She was a two-year-old winner in Cork last season and has run in some decent races. The three-year-old arrives here after a break too and looks one for any shortlist.

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17:15 Woodrow

Aido McGuinness’ top-weight Skontonovski was a ready winner last time over this trip, but is a tricky ride. It’s an apprentice race and Adam Caffrey takes 7lbs off his back, but I reckon he’s a horse that is more suited to an experienced senior rider.

WOODROW has the services of Joey Sheridan aboard and won over this trip on the grass at Leopardstown during the summer. An interesting contender back on the polytrack with a senior apprentice on board.

17:45 King’s View

KING’S VIEW is still a maiden after 30-odd runs, but his time is getting closer. He stayed on really well down the middle of the track at Bellewstown, Chris Hayes retains the ride and would probably have had plenty of offers in this contest. Top weight Sunset Nova and Noirvento are others with chances.

18:15 Collective Power

A 6-furlong sprint, and COLLECTIVE POWER catches my eye for trainer Eddie Lynam. She’s yet to win, but had a troubled passage last time in a claimer when a close third to the well-backed Princess Plumeria off a mark of 63. The draw from stall 12 could have been kinder, however Jake Coen takes 7lbs off her back and she looks ready to win.

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18:45 Memory Motel

A two-year-old Nursery Handicap where any market moves should be noted. War Effort looks quite highly rated on what he has achieved. Rhythm of Zain won at Naas and Navan in great style, but I don’t believe Dundalk will suit him. He’s closely matched on Naas running with MEMORY MOTEL and Pandemic Princess. Memory Motel, in particular, is a strong traveller and should be suited by the Dundalk track.

19:15 Harry’s Bar

The feature race of the night boasts a couple of UK challengers for this Group 3 contest. Karl Burke’s Lady In France looks to be the best of the overseas raiders, and both she and stablemate Dandalla ran on bad ground in France last time. This looks like an afterthought.

HARRY’S BAR was a revelation dropping back to 5 furlongs last time and has a very good record at Dundalk. He looks primed to go close again.

19:45 Swing Point

The 1m maiden boasts a couple with decent recent form and one of those is Andrew Slattery’s SWING POINT. She was fourth on her second start at Punchestown and her American/Canadian pedigree suggests that the polytrack surface will suit her well. She looks set to run a big race.

20:15 Hobsons Bay

Not the strongest maiden to end the card and Aidan O’Brien’s Glinting is sure to be among the market leader shaving returned after a break to be fourth to Minister for Magic on soft ground at Killarney. That was her third run, so she could be quite limited.

Aidan’s son Joseph saddles two in the race and my preference is for HOBSONS BAY, who is making his debut under rules. However, he’s performed really well at Dundalk in two barrier trials over 7 furlongs and, while he steps up now to 1m 2f, he could be a bit of value.

Fran Berry tips summary:

16:45 Malaysian
17:15 Woodrow
17:45 King’s View
18:15 Collective Power
18:45 Memory Motel
19:15 Harry’s Bar
19:45 Swing Point
20:15 Hobsons Bay

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