Preview dundalk 9th Nov

Thu 8th Nov 2012, 11:50

There's plenty of runners at Dundalk on Friday night, with all but one of the eight races containing the maximum number of runners, with three reserves.

The feature is the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies Stakes and Lily's Angel attempts to make it three wins from as many starts since arriving in Ireland.

The ex-Richard Fahey inmate built on a Leopardstown handicap success by disposing of the reopposing Devotion, Aaraas and New Magic in a conditions event at this venue with the minimum of fuss.

Last year's winner Clinical is absent, but the British still have three hopes in the shape of Libys Dream, Night Lily and Colorful Notion.

Racing commences at 6.00 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, and the David Wachman-trained 100,000-euro newcomer Interim - a half-sister to Cheveley Park winner Lightening Pearl - takes on Jim Bolger's well-bred Rapid Approach and last week's course runner-up In Salutem.

Wachman's Love And Cherish has experience on her side in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden, although Dermot Weld's Rose Garden brings slightly better form to the table.

Newly-crowned champion apprentice Ronan Whelan capped an excellent year with a first Listed victory last Sunday and will have high hopes for last-start track winner Heavy Weight, trained by his boss Jim Bolger, in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap.

Knights Templar and Red Laser are the form horses heading into the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Handicap (Div 1), and Wild China tops the weights for division two on the back of a narrow triumph over course and distance last week.

My Good Brother was successful here seven days earlier and attempts to follow up in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap (Div 2), with Charismas Birthday out to atone for a costly Bellewstown loss in the first instalment.

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