Just four meetings remain in the UK and Ireland on Friday with Bangor-on-Dee falling to the weather on Thursday.
There are three all-weather cards and a jumps card at Kempton – with the latter pending a raceday inspection.
We cross the Irish Sea to Dundalk for three bets in competitive handicaps including a last time out winner that looks set to go well again.
18.00 Dundalk - Eighty Eight @ 11/2
The first selection on the card is EIGHTY EIGHT. He has a poor strike-rate but he could be worth chancing after a massive run when beaten half a length over the seven-furlong trip here last week.
That was his best effort for his new yard by some distance and he was notably well backed for the contest, going off at just 4/1 having gone off at huge odds in his previous four starts.
He’s up 4lb in the weights but the amount of money for him last time suggest connections have found the key to him and he also shaped like a return to the mile would be in his favour.
19.00 Dundalk - Ransom @ 9/2
Course and distance form is worth plenty at Dundalk which is a track that lends itself to course specialists and one that has worked his way back down the handicap is RANSOM.
He’s won twice over the mile at Dundalk and is now 5lb lower than his success last winter. There’s encouragement to be taken from his recent starts, including a one length defeat when staying on in eye-catching fashion three weeks ago.
He looks ready to win again off this sort of mark and looks like a bit of value at the early odds.
19.30 Dundalk - Dreams Fled Away @ 7/4
The finale on the card at Dundalk is one of four races on the card with full fields but this is a bit less competitive than the other three on the card.
The one that can take advantage is last time out winner, DREAMS FLED AWAY, who gained a first win in a course and distance handicap three weeks ago.
He bolted up by three-lengths that day, and the effort is worth marking up having met some trouble in running turning into the straight. He had a solid yardstick back in second who went off favourite and the third home was another in-form horse who had been running well at this venue through the winter.
The talented 7lb apprentice, Hugh Horgan, was riding that day and the loss of his claim is a blow but Irish champion jockey Colin Keane is an able deputy to say the very least and his booking is certainly eye-catching.
The selection had a few of these runners in behind last time out and given that he’s unexposed, having just his 11th career start, he can confirm the form, despite a 7lb rise in the weights from the assessor.
One of the dangers could be Hi Sur Multi after a promising handicap debut and any market support would be worth noting.
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