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Friday's Dundalk preview

Updated: Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 15:13 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien's Shield looks set to make an impact at Dundalk
Aidan O'Brien's Shield looks set to make an impact at Dundalk

It may pay to concentrate on jumping form in the Bookings At dundalkstadium.com Maiden at the all-weather circuit on Friday night.

Useful chaser Nearest The Pin appears for the first time since switching from Tony Martin to Shark Hanlon, while the Sabrina Harty-trained Dalasiri wasn't far off the best juvenile hurdlers last term and is a Punchestown Festival winner.

But the one to beat might be Aidan O'Brien's Shield, who chased home Sure Reef at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting and the winner has since franked the form by following up in Grade Two company.

The action gets under way at 5.45 with the Dundalk Stadium Racecourse Of The Year Handicap, in which Grey Danube attempts to confirm last week's superiority over Above The Law.

He was behind the reopposing Antiquus and Under Review the time before, though, and the latter's trainer Michael Browne has another decent string to his bow in the shape of the returning Queen Grace.

Dermot Weld throws two arrows at the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Fillies Maiden and Pat Smullen is jocked up on the once-raced Enterprising, rather than well-related newcomer Hellenistic.

Johnny Murtagh is another trainer who is double-handed, this time in the Follow Dundalk On Facebook Handicap, and Fix It hardly set the world alight here a couple of weeks ago so his best chance could be with handicap debutant High Stand.

Horsewithnoname took his rivals apart here at the last meeting and makes a swift reappearance off a 14lb higher mark in the Winter Racing At Dundalk Handicap (Div 1).

Bog War failed by a narrow margin to add to his victory here just before Christmas when sent off favourite, but there will be plenty who keep the faith in the second instalment, while Little Arrows has been holding his form well since a December success and goes to post for the Dundalk Driving Tourism Forward 28th February Rated Race.

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