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The all-weather racing started back on Friday night past at Dundalk Stadium – it never disappoints for the sheer unpredictability of finding a winner though taking eye-catchers from the preceding week’s cards should pay great dividends for the series which runs over the entire winter.

We have highlighted three horses below which didn’t win last week but ran well above market expectations; giving the strong impression it won’t be long till they enter the winners enclosures at this exceptional Co. Louth track.

1 ART OF UNITY | Trainer Johnny Feane Is a shrewd operator; his son of Muzameer has been running with a great level of reliability over the summer months on the turf and he finished an eye-catching 3rd place on Friday evening at Dundalk Stadium in the opening race of the evening. He was positioned well back over the minimum distance of five furlongs – he ran on with purpose however met trouble in-running but still was bang there in a bunch finish; suggestive if he replicated that sort of form time out ought to seeing him hard to beat in a similar kind of race.  

What to watch for next time out: Running in five furlongs race soon.


2 CLIFFTOP | This Locally trained horse had been in fine sprits prior to making his belated all-weather debut on Friday evening – in the 6.30pm race. Throughout the mile contest he was positioned in mid-pack, on the face of it the jockey was contented to bide his time though when he made his bid for grandeur entering the final furlong, he got short of room – it was a case of sitting and suffering for the jockey. He really looked to be traveling powerfully and really caught my eye; With a clear passage next time, out this Harry Rodger’s trained horse should gain compensation for his supporters. A step up in trip may well be the game-changer.

What to watch for next time out: Stepping up in distance or better drawn over the same distance. A winner waiting to happen on this all-weather surface.


3 POINT REYES | Fascinating Gavin Cromwell trained eye-catcher who really made me sit up and take head of her effort in the 7pm race over a trip with appeared in-adequate. Finishing 4th place over the distance of six furlongs having made up so much ground late on. Infrequently jockeys get praised for a beaten ride, but I think Gary Carroll really gave this filly an astute a-one ride. She was never going to win but he gave her a proper race and really blew the cobwebs away. She will be one to watch stepping up in distance, I’m convinced.

What to watch for next time out: Stepping up in distance and given a more prominent ride.