Preview Dundalk 15th Feb

Thu 14th Feb 2013, 13:10

There are eight races on the Friday evening menu at Dundalk, where the main course is the reappearance of Steps To Freedom in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Race.

Last seen bringing up the field in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh, Jessica Harrington's Grade 2 hurdle winner returns to the scene of his last victory and the talented dual-purpose performer will be a banker for many punters.

Course and distance winner Akasaka is the most obvious alternative on the back of another success here, although Rich Coast brings some useful French form to the table on his first start on these shores.

Noel Quinlan makes a rare trip across the Irish Sea with Khawatim in the Handicap, and the hint could be worth taking.

The in-form British raider has to contend with Pencil Hill, who scored over this course and distance off a 3lb lower mark a fortnight ago, while three-time course winner Almadaa is rarely far away here.

The action gets under way at 5.50 with the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Claiming Maiden, in which Eusepio is sure to be very popular following a narrow track-and-trip defeat last month.

Sylvan Mist, who made the frame over this course and distance two starts back, will relish the step back up in trip after a disappointing latest effort and looks the potential fly in the ointment for Eusepio's supporters.

Tommy Stack holds a strong in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden courtesy of Clancy Avenue and Muizenberg Nights.

The latter has shown promise in two placed efforts here so far this year, but her stable companion sets the standard with his turf form in 2012, including a fair sixth in the Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy at Newmarket in October.

Days Ahead is seeking a hat-trick in the Irish Stablestaff Association Awards 23rd February Apprentice Handicap and there won't be many willing to take him on in his current mood.

Red Mills Chase moved to Navan

Gowran Park - Saturday 16th February Steeplechases Cancelled