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Johnny Murtagh: I’ll let you into a secret at Dundalk where I’m hoping to be lucky on a 12/1 double

The J-man's streak continues. After a treble last Friday the former top jock turned trainer is sweet on Victorious Secret in the first and has taken the hint on Mark Johnson's Twobeelucky in the 8.05pm.

by Johnny Murtagh | November 27, 2015

Tommy Stack’s runners usually come on for a run and VICTORIOUS SECRET () (5.35pm) made a good start when third over course and distance to the heavily-backed Indrahar last month. There’s a few in it with bits and pieces of form but I’ll take him to lose his maiden tag.

Kimbay was my best bet on the card last week and delivered. But Sheila Lavery’s Danz Gift also did us a favour a few weeks back and it could be close between them. I’m just going to favour DANZ GIFT () (6.05pm) to get his head in front again.

Stronger than Me sets the standard but has a lot of weight to carry so I’m going to look further down the handicap to JAN VAN EYCK () (6.35pm). He broke his maiden over course and distance a fortnight ago and can take advantage of the big swing in the weights.

There’s not hiding place in the next two 10f handicaps and the two-year-old maiden with full fields of 14 runners and three reserves waiting to get in to all of them.

HAVELOCK ELLIS () (7.05pm) usually gets his head in front on the all-weather and tonight could be his opportunity to register his first win since January this year. Timothy Doyle’s Artiste Celebre was second over course and distance on his last run and could push the selection all the way.

Artiste Celebre was just collared by SOLAR BENNY () (7.35pm) that night and I’d fancy Keith Clarke’s winner to follow up in the second division of this handicap. He can continue on an upward curve ahead of the top-weight Mademoiselle Penny.


I’ve two runners making their debut in the 1m Maiden at 8.05pm but they’re fillies and they’ll find it tough enough against the colts. It looks an above-average contest and with Mark Johnston sending TWOBEELUCKY () over from England you’d have to take the hint.

He’s been second on both his starts and with Fran Berry booked, could be hard to beat. Red Rannagh was a little unfortunate last week but doesn’t look the easiest of rides while David Marnane’s Markhan could improve on his second-place finish to Agent of Chaos a fortnight ago.

The one to beat

Nothing stands out in the 6f Maiden where I’m hoping my own Tagg’s Island can get competitive. He’s dropping back to 6f but I’d prefer if he was running over 7f.

Ger Lyons’ BAIRNS AT BAY () (8.35pm) is the highest-rated runner in the field on the evidence so far and the one we all have to beat.

There’s only six declared in the finale and it could come down to a battle between the three-year-olds CHESNUT FIRE () (9.05pm) and Emperor Bob. Michael Halford’s runner looked good value for his win here over this distance last time out and can go in again.

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