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Johnny Murtagh: I’m hoping the Tiger can roar at Dundalk tonight while Kimbay looks the best bet on the card

Forget Sheena West gambles. Former top jock and now trainer Johnny Murtagh's tipped four winners last Friday night and is back to dish the dirt at Dundalk.

by Johnny Murtagh | November 20, 2015

A 6f maiden sprint at 5.35pm where Medicean El Diablo has the form in the book but the Willie Brown-trained INCLINATION had a nice run on debut at the track and should improve for the run. Has a nice draw in box eight.

Kevin Prendergast’s There’s The Rain is an interesting newcomer and the market may be the best guide.

In the 6.35pm, KIMBAY ran well here last week when second and can confirm the form with the third-placed Sors.

There’s only eight runners so the draw shouldn’t be too much of an issue and this three-time winner at Dundalk could be the best bet on the card tonight.

We’re stepping up in trip with a 2m handicap in the 6.35pm and that will suit my Eye of the Tiger who always runs consistently. He didn’t get penalised (for once!) last time out when finishing fourth over 1m 4f and looks to have a solid each-way shout. Gordon Elliott’s Taglietelle is the danger. He ran well over hurdles when third at Navan to Arctic Fire a fortnight ago and shoulders joint top-weight with my fella.

Pincode sneaks in at the foot of the weights and Wayne Lordan is an eye-catching booking on his first try over two miles.

Capable of winning

Buster Dan Dan is a good horse over jumps and carries top weight but Jim Bolger saddles his well-bred BRIDAL PATH who wouldn’t be kept unless her trainer thought she’d be capable of winning the 7.05pm. The 1m 4f trip is a slight concern but she gets 11lb from the top one in the weight-for-age allowances. If she stays she should win while Eoin Doyle’s Fiorbheim could be one for the places.

Recent winner Hatch Hall looks the one they all have to beat in the 7.35pm but the draw hasn’t been kind to him in box 13. He’s won his last couple of races (one a maiden hurdle at Cork) and is clearly in form but Aidan O’Brien has SEA OF BLUE just inside him in stall 10. He was second to Brokopondo here last week and could be a bit of value to upset Hatch Hall.


In the second division of that contest at 8.05pm, Coach Bombay is consistent but has top weight.

Further down the field are Ondamoura and INVINCIBLE DON . They were first and second here a week ago  and I’ll take the latter to reverse the placings. A possible fly in the ointment could be the Tony Martin-trained Noble King with Fran Berry booked. He wears a hood for the first time but if the money talks – keep it onside.

Third time lucky

The Apprentice Handicap at 8.35pm sees the consistent Settle for Red given a good draw in stall three. He’s very consistent at Dundalk but pays for that by shouldering top weight.

Liz Doyle’s RED WORDS gets 7lbs and has been second on his last two runs here. It could be a case of third-time lucky for regular rider Ross Coakley.

In the finale, Michael Cunningham’s MARISE got her head in front here last month under Pat Smullen from a difficult draw and I fancy here to go in again. She’s housed in box three this time and is suited by the race conditions.  Hat Alnasar who beat Red Words last time looks the danger.

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