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

Sporting Life's top columnist Fran Berry has all your picks at the Co Louth track covered.

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16.00 – In Ecstasy

Beauty Amazed was well backed on his debut but he faded badly. Ger Lyons doesn’t get many horses wrong, so he showed enough to make you think he can be competitive in this race. However, I like In Ecstasy for Joseph O’Brien. He trialed back at the track in the summer and he did okay in his first run at Gowran Park in September. Since then, he’s been gelded, which could be a big factor. He likes the surface too so I’ll go with In Ecstasy.

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16.30 – Maeve Of Connaught

If Maeve Of Connaught pitches up the way she did at Leopardstown, this could be a one-horse race. We haven’t seen here since July but on this surface, I fancy her to go close. It’s not a strong Maiden. Show Of Stars could be a rival but I can’t go against Maeve Of Connaught.

17.00 – Punk Poet

Benavente could be a market mover and is worth keeping an eye on, but I like Punk Poet for Edward Lynam. He battled on well at Dundalk recently and he comes here in top form. He’s got a good draw in stall six. Chris Hayes had three winners on Wednesday night and he could land another one here.

17.30 – Eglish

Trading Point and Roxette are interesting, but I’m siding with Eglish for Adrian McGuinness. She’s a Dundalk stalwart and has won at this track three times. She’s ran well here and Rob Whearty is taking off 7lb which could prove the difference. She’s got a good draw in stall four, too.

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18.00 – Eleuthera

This is a really competitive race and Collective Power will be popular with punters. He’s a quirky horse, who got off the mark here recently over 5 furlongs. However, he has a horrible draw out in still 17 and he has it all to do. No Speed Limit, another likely danger, is drawn in stall 14 and that hurts his chances too. That’s why I’ve chosen to go elsewhere with my selection, and I’ve gone with the horse drawn in stall 1, ELEUTHERA.

He is 24lbs lower than when he won at the Curragh last year and he ran really well on this track two starts ago. Back down at this trip, he could be the value in this contest. 

18.30 – Sequoiaspirit (NAP)

John McConnell has a few runners in this field, and his No Trouble was just beaten on Wednesday night. He’s due to run again and could go very well. McConnell has Wild Shot and Duleek Street in this too. Duleek Street is of real interest having been just edged out at this track on his last appearance earlier this month. He is relatively lightly raced in comparison to some of his rivals and is the best of the McConnell trio to my mind. 

However, I’m tipping SEQUOIASPIRIT, who was a three-time winner over the summer months. He ran really well at Galway recently in a higher grade, where he ran into some unexposed three-year-olds. He’s down in grade for this, he should like the polytrack and is drawn in stall 11. Sean Davis takes the ride and that makes Sequoiaspirit value to take on the favourites in the betting. 

19.00 – Dr Patrick

A couple of these catch the eye. Maricruz is highly talented and if she comes out of the gates on terms with her rivals, she could win. However, she is not reliable and that’s her biggest problem. One that should be a big price is Here’s Hoping. He is stepping back up in trip, but is worth a mention. 

However, Wayne Lordan rides DOCTOR PATRICK for Luke Comer, and he was a real eye-catcher on his last start at this track – finishing off the race really strongly inside the last furlong. His trainer had a winner at Dundalk on Wednesday night and his horses have been running really well in the last couple of weeks. Doctor Patrick could well add to that tally for the team. 

19.30 – Magic Charm

I reckon everyone is going to be looking at Lady De Vesci, who is trained by Mick Halford. She has won on this track before and she has been gradually finding something like her best form on the back of a decent run here last week. She was only beaten by four-and-a-half lengths. However, I don’t feel like she is the one to be on.

I’m going to take a chance with MAGIC CHARM, who is really intriguing now that he is back down to what could well be his best trip after not appearing to go home over 12 furlongs the last day. He was third at Dundalk last year and he’s rated 8lbs lower now. Added to that, he’s got a good draw in stall 5 and his trainer Natalia Lupini tends to do well with her runners.

Dundalk betting tips:

16.00 – In Ecstasy
16.30 – Maeve Of Connaught
17.00 – Punk Poet
17.30 – Eglish
18.00 – Eleuthera
18.30 – Sequoiaspirit (NAP)
19.00 – Dr Patrick
19.30 – Magic Charm

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