Horse racing tips: Fran Berry’s top picks for Friday night at Dundalk

Fran's been in great form recently and the top Sporting Life pundit goes through the all-weather Irish action race-by-race.

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16:00 – Adapt to Dan

We start with a 1m claimer at Dundalk and these can be tricky races even thought the racing surface at Dundalk stays the same. James McAuley does well in these races and has Colin Keane booked for the co top-weight, Confide. He’s been off the track for a year though and I’ll go for Adapt to Dan who was a winner here a couple of weeks ago. He’s a little wrong in the weights with Confide but has 10lb claimer Jack Kearney aboard, loves the trip, has the blinkers on and looks a bit of value.



16:30 – Sister Bridget

I’ve looked at this race many times and there’s a lot of familiar faces in it. However, Sister Bridget is a very genuine filly and has a better draw than Chicago Lightning and looks more straightforward than Chicago Peal. She could prove very hard to peg back from the front.


17:00 – Punk Poet

A trappy one-mil handicap with 11 declared runners but Paddy’s paying four places if they all stand their ground. A few of these met a couple of weeks ago and Punk Poet could prove the best of them this time, despite finishing seventh then. He ran very fresh after a lay-off and didn’t have the best draw then, but if settling better now can make his presence felt.

17:30 – Craft Irish

Craft Irish was a real eye-catcher on her debut when getting within three quarters of a length of Boyne River, who was rated 80. If she runs to that level again there is nothing in this race that has an 80 rating and she looks the one to beat. One of the best bets on the night.





18:00 – Linus Larrabee

There’s a couple of recent winners in tis but Linus Larrabee is a former course winner who finished really well last time and the winning pilot that day and is reunited with regular pilot Declan McDonogh. He should strip fitter for that first run since November, but has a tendency to lose his race with some shoddy starts. If he avoids that on Friday night, he can go close.

18:30 – Laugh A Minute

The 6f handicap sprint looks very tight where Adrian McGuinness’ Laugh A Minute looks the class horse in the race. He’s a decent record when fresh and was second in a big York handicap on turf at the end of last season before getting chinned here in October by Arcanears. He probably doesn’t win as much as he should but can get his head in front under 5lb claimer Cian MacRedmond again now.

19:00 – Lady of Luxury

This 1m 4f trip should really suit Lady of Luxury who has a nice draw in stall five. Rips Dream was very well backed on his comeback run two starts ago but didn’t back it up last time. If he was more consistent he’s be the one to beat but isn’t as reliable as Lady Of Luxury. Dr Patrick could be one for the places despite an outside draw.

19:30 – Isle of Sark

I’ve left the best until last in the finale, where Isle of Sark should take a lot of beating. He’s got the back form and will appreciate the drop in trip to 10f. Bowerman and Dalvey are respected but have a bit to find with the 97-rated selection. He’s my best bet of the night.



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