dundalk 11th Jan
An all-weather meeting at Dundalk is the only racing on these shores on Friday but, as ever, a competitive night of racing is in prospect.
The pick of the action on the eight-race card looks to be the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap, with Golden Shoe lining up on the back of two really good efforts around here recently.
He faces stiff competition from the likes of Curl Cat and Atticus Finch, however, while Fastidious is most interesting having his first start since running out an impressive winner at Gowran Park back in September.
Racing begins at 5.50 with division one of the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap, in which Sophies Echo will be fancied to make amends for her narrow defeat here last week and she should be able to bag a perfect position from gate number two.
Recent winners Bangalore Diamond and Sweet Annathea lock horns in division two of the same event, although the lightly-raced Miss Bella appears to be heading the right way now and she could prove a filly to follow in the coming weeks.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Maiden represents a good opportunity for Machete Mark to get on the scoresheet at the third time of asking following two highly encouraging efforts so far, but Collingbourneducis and Ravello Again haven't shaped without promise so far and should at least keep Ger Lyons' charge honest.
Division one of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap is a tricky puzzle for punters to unravel, but the second division could prove much more straightforward, with Balmont Flyer bidding to supplement last week's comfortable C & D success.
Proceedings draw to a close with the www.dundalkstadium.com (Q.R) Handicap and classy jumper Deutschland might just have too much for these still, despite reaching the grand old age of 10.
Sprinter Sacre heads 17 entries for the £350,000 Grade One Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase over two miles, the feature race on day two of The Cheltenham Festival, Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 13.