It invariably pays to follow Mark Johnston at Dundalk and the Middleham handler launches a twin-pronged raid on Friday night.

Vocational heads the weights for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, despite failing to convince that she fully retains last season's excellent juvenile form.

Johnny Murtagh gets the leg-up, with Pat Smullen on her stable companion Centrifugal in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package Handicap, although the three-year-old failed to beat a rival home on his most recent Kempton appearance.

Compatriot Springinmysteps has the assistance of Murtagh in the race, which is a slight surprise considering Tommy Carmody's recent course winner, Spirituality, is also in the line-up.

Ernest Hemingway takes a massive drop in class for the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Race.

The vanquished Dante favourite cut out the pace for Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey in the Arc and is much better suited to this sort of contest, with Brendan Brackan in opposition on the back of a fourth in a Group Three here, and Takashi Kodama taking the wraps off well-credentialled Japanese import Shadow Gate.

True Verdict blotted her copybook at Leopardstown but a reproduction of her previous placings in top company would be good enough to see her home in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

There was a strong word for Performance prior to his Cork introduction so it can be assumed he is better than that third-placing and he attempts to build on that run in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden.

Smullen sticks with Olfa for her all-weather debut in the opening Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap (6pm), while Raydari and Denis Of Kerry, who fought out the finish of a handicap here a fortnight ago, take part in the first and second divisions of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap respectively.