Dundalk stages an eight-race card on Friday with the pick of the evening's action a competitive renewal of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap.

Akasaka shoulders top-weight but he boasts a fine record at this venue and returned from a decent break when a good third over this C & D two weeks ago.

Edward Lynam, responsible for the winner of this race last year, sees his hand further strengthened by the participation of the consistent Iron Major, although multiple course winner Billyford is capable of providing stern opposition to that pair.

Racing gets under way at 5.45 with the Dundalk Stadium Racecourse Of The Year Maiden and Political Policy will be fancied to get off the mark following last week's silver medal finish, but he faces two possible improvers in the shape of Acting Talent and Timely Call this time.

Only three go to post for the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap but Not Your Call looked a fair prospect when opening his account here last month and he should have the class necessary to concede weight to fellow recent victor Master Of Time.

Aidan O'Brien hasn't saddled too many runners in recent weeks but Lone Star represents the master of Ballydoyle in The Champions Restaurant At Dundalk Stadium Maiden and he ought to go well again having displayed improved form to finish second here at the beginning of last month.

Flare Of Firelight heads the opposition on the back her promising debut effort at this track in December while Bobby's Heart was far from disgraced on his sole start at the Curragh back in the autumn.

The hat-trick seeking Senyuman looks the obvious one in the Crown Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap while another with strong claims is Sceilg, the clear form pick in the closing Dundalk Driving Tourism Forward 28th February Maiden.