Fran Berry is waiting until the final race for his best bet at Dundalk this evening - check out his latest selections.
Some ultra-competitive action at Dundalk this evening but we came close with several placed at big prices last week and I’m on the hunt for some more each-way value again.
It’s looking like it could be a good night for Joseph O’Brien if the market’s to be believed with Bombshell well backed ahead of the opener and Grandmaster Flash looking to have Hannon to beat in the third race on the card.
Hannon is a grand horse in his own right, though, while Joseph’s two-year-old newcomers can sometimes need a run so I’ll be hanging fire with the pair of them.
In the BetVictor Bet 5 Euros Get 30 Euros Offer Handicap (5.45) I’m going to recommend a small play on Jungle Jane at relatively big odds. She won here last March, where she had Skitter Scatter back in third, before having some time off.
She should arguably have won a handicap here at Dundalk in September but lugged right inside the final furlong and didn’t run badly at all last time in a conditions race against horses rated in the 100s.
She travels quite well and should get a strong pace to aim at. She’s only had the four runs and looks open to a bit of improvement so a mark of 81 might not be totally beyond her despite the fact it means she’s saddled with top weight tonight.
Division one of the irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap can go to Early Strike. He’s still relatively lightly raced and looks the type to benefit from the fitting of a visor having wandered a bit under pressure when third here last time.
He looks to have the box draw in stall one and rates a value call in an open race.
Spelga could be the one to side with in division two. He’s another three-year-old open to a bit of further progress and won from stall 17 here last time. He’s not ideally drawn again and has a 9lb higher mark to overcome, but I’m prepared to chance him again while he remains in this sort of grade.
At a massive price, the dangerously handicapped Mademoiselle Penny could be a danger.
Pretty Smart would be my ideal of the play of the night in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap.
She caught the eye at Sligo and Navan a bit earlier in the year and duly made a winning return to Dundalk last month.
She was three wide just about all the way and went on to beat the relatively well-draw Bellick by a neck.
I find it hard to see how her reopposing rivals can reverse the form as trainer Pat Martin has said that he’s been doing plenty of work with her at the stalls and another big run looks assured.
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