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Johnny Murtagh: Use the force at Dundalk and pick up this 7/1 double on Friday night

Irish jockey-turned-trainer and Paddy Power's hottest tipster Johnny Murtagh is back to guide us through Friday night's Dundalk card, and try to pocket us some cash before the Halloween party

by Johnny Murtagh | October 30, 2015

Stanley Daley () runs in the opening race, a seven furlong nursery, but he’s been a little disappointing so far. His early season form is poor, but we’re hopeful that he’s back on track now. He’s got a nice draw in stall four and jockey Denis Linehan is claiming seven pounds off his back. Stanley Daley was beaten five and a half lengths last time out but that wasn’t a bad run in what was a good race at Naas. He was entered into it because there was a big prize that he was eligible for, but this is certainly more his standard. He’s an each-way prospect.

Paytheprice () is going to be hard to beat for Andy Oliver, and Intense Stylist () for Jim Bolger ran well last time but being drawn 10 is a negative. Hopefully our lad gets into the mix.

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Landsman () runs in the two-year-old maiden at 6.20pm and he’s also been a little disappointing on the grass in two runs at the Curragh. Hopefully the polytrack will help get some improvement out of him. Michael Halford’s Kalidabad () looks like a live danger from stall two, while Andy Oliver has another good chance in Power Struggle (). He’s rated 82 and that should be enough to win a maiden at Dundalk this time of year, but don’t be surprised if Kalidabad improves from his last run.

Downforce () has a great chance of winning the handicap at 6.50pm for Willie McCreery after producing a good run to come second at the Curragh a fortnight ago. He’s very well handicapped today. It’s a nice little race and there are a lot of horses in it to follow through the year. Ger Lyons has a nice one in The Ice Meister, while Political Policy, Reckless Lad, and Shabra Emperor are all course and distance winners. It’s a tricky race but Downforce looks very tough to beat.

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It’s well worth noting that Mark Prescott is bringing over Don’t Be () for the listed race at 7.20pm, as he’s probably looking out for some black type. The issue is he is giving six pounds to Kevin Pendergast’s filly Tamadhor (), and it might be worth sticking with Tamadhor after a decent run last time out, and a good run behind Cougar Mountain in a Group 3 at Leopardstown in August.

The Big Bad Bob Maiden is at 7.55pm and Willy McCreery has another good chance in this one in B Cosmos (). It’s probably an ordinary enough looking race, and B Cosmos has the form in the book. Keep an eye on the bottom weight though – Jim Ryan always keeps a nice filly there and he’ll be eyeing up a good run from Primal Snow (). It’s likely to be between those two coming towards the line.

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The 8.30pm is another very ordinary race and it’s hard to get away from Twistsandturns (). Drawn in one for jockey Danny Grant and trainer Pat Flynn, he’s the only horse who has any form in the book and won over course and distance earlier in the month. He looks a likely winner.

Udogo () for Aidan O’Brien runs a race every time and is due a win in the last race tonight at 9.00pm. The negative is that he is drawn in stall 13, but he’s been ultra consistent of late and deserves to get his nose in front.

Johnny’s double for the night: Downforce and Kalidabad – Pays around 7/1

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