All-Weather Action at Dundalk on Friday Night

Updated: 29/05/2024

Every now and again, I do enjoy an each-way Goliath bet and Dundalk’s competitive eight race meeting on Friday evening is ideal to have a go at one for small stakes. How ever you are attacking the Dundalk card from a punting perspective, below you’ll find my idea of the angle in each of the octet of races, starting at 5.00pm.

For the uninitiated, the Goliath consists of 247 bets: 28 Doubles, 56 Trebles, 70 Four-Folds, 56 Five-Folds, 28 Six-Folds, 8 Seven-Folds and an 8-fold Accumulator. The trouble is, if you choose four losers, you lose 93 bets. That’s a lot of disappointment on one slip! Naturally, I find the 494 each-way Goliath can be even better craic. An occasional 5p or 10p wager of this kind though, is good for the soul. The audacity in sweet talking Lady Luck with spirited attempts to get a great many equine stars to align at once is always a thrill and it’s a handy way to have an interest in each race without the commitment of single bets.

The 5.00pm is a handicap race over 5f, where Adrian Joyce’s BLASTOFMAGIC can give a bold bid under Shane Foley if transferring recent turf form back on the polytrack. This 5yo has seven lengths to make up with Danz Gift on their meeting here last April, but Blastofmagic is an improved horse since then and his handicap rating of 59 looks exploitable. In the 5.30pm maiden over a mile, ULTRA PRIDE can run into the frame for Ms Sheila Lavery with this horse who has curiously finished 7th in two starts so far at Dundalk over 7f. The gelding’s Racing Post Ratings improved from 53 on debut to 70 when beaten little over three lengths here in October and another step forward would see him go well in a fairly ordinary contest.

Dundalk – 6.00pm

In the 6.00pm contest, Division I of a mile handicap for horses rated 45-65, MASALAI must have a favourite’s chance after shaping well after a long time off her last time out. He has a big weight of 9st 13lb, but Oisin Orr negates that by 3lb in the saddle and I’m very hopeful the pair can land the spoils.

Dundalk – 6.30pm

QUELUZ has run over ten furlongs on two of his last three starts, but looks to have sound enough each way claims in the 6.30pm handicap back over one mile for Division two of the previous race. He was a little disappointing last time out, but ran to RPRs ahead of his mark on four starts prior to that and can be expected to be seen staying on strongly late in the day under 10lb claiming jockey Mike O’Connor.

Dundalk – 7.00pm

Things don’t get much easier at 7.00pm with a 6f handicap containing thirteen runners, where the twenty-six grand in prize-money makes it a highly competitive affair. UK raider Nick Vedder is an interesting contender here, but the horse does have a bit of a glass chin, so for a bit of solidarity, I think market leader VIEW THE BAY will prove a decent addition to my Goliath. Andrew Slattery’s 4yo filly has been targeted at this race for some time and she arrives in excellent form having slammed Danz Gift here the last day. She is up 7lb tonight in hotter company, but she is going the right way and seems to get on very well with Ben Coen, who claims 5lb off her back once again.

Dundalk – 7.30pm

At 7.30pm, let’s side with the in-form PARK ROW for this 1m4f heat. The two market leaders haven’t done a great deal on the clock and lack experience, while this evergreen 9yo is in the form of his life and absolutely loves it around here since joining Dennis Coakley’s yard. A handicap mark of 84 is stiff enough on the face of it, but this is not the deepest of races and I’ll be somewhat disappointed if he doesn’t give a very good account of himself, despite the stable having a bit of a quiet period.

Dundalk – 8.00pm

The 8.00pm maiden over 1m2f looks to be at the mercy of odds-on shot and well bred Hazel Bay for Dermot Weld. For the sake of a little devilment, I’ll throw in MACHIAVELLI at a huge price, running in first time blinkers here on his second start for Denis Hogan. The 4yo is clearly hard to win with, but did hint at fair ability on several occasions when trained by Johnny Murtagh in 2018 and a repeat of any one of his five starts from mid-April to late June last year, in this race, would see him bang in the mix for the places tonight.

Dundalk – 8.30pm

Last but not least we revert to a far more fancied runner in the last in the shape of ROYAL ADMIRAL for shrewd handler Adrian McGuinness under top pilot Colin Keane. This is another horse that has not run since 2018 (Oct), but to my eye he arrives with much the best form for a very moderate affair and I’ll be surprised if he fails to resume racing with a career-first victory here in the closing ten furlong handicap at 8.30pm.

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