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Updated: Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 16:49 | Comments

An afternoon of horse racing will be followed by greyhound racing
An afternoon of horse racing will be followed by greyhound racing

It's Dual Race Day at Dundalk Stadium on Friday, with an afternoon's action of racing preceding an evening greyhound card.

The equine fare begins at 2.20 with the Marshes Shopping Centre Handicap, in which four-time course winner Almadaa attempts to better last year's third under the welter burden of 10st 3lb.

His trainer David Marnane turns out He's Got Rhythm quickly following last week's Bellewstown success but he meets Akasaka on 8lb worse terms in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Claiming Race than he would in a handicap.

Eddie Lynam's charge boasts an excellent record at the all-weather venue.

Granny On Fire also tasted success at Bellewstown and now has an 11lb higher mark to contend with as she bids to follow up in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap (Division 2).

The first division does not have as much to go on in the way of recent winning form, but Addition Again wasn't beaten far into fourth when upped to seven furlongs at Fairyhouse and this extra furlong could see her in an even better light.

The biggest prize of the day goes to the winner of the Boylesports.com Download Our App Handicap, and Aidan O'Brien applies a hood to top-weight Justification in the hope it helps him recapture the form that carried him to success at Leopardstown back in the spring.

Solo Performer and Alhellal renew rivalry after finishing first and second at Roscommon, although both have been beaten since so it may be that useful jumpers Abou Ben, Shamiran and Fisher Bridge give Justification more to think about.

Wannabe Better finished third to subsequent winner The Vatican at the Curragh and while she is more exposed than the majority of her Boylesports.com Text-A-Bet To 51900 Maiden rivals, she sets a decent standard and deserves to get her head in front.

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