McGuinness can get the best out of Analyst
Dundalk 1m2f to suit Lavery filly
Dundalk proved a happy hunting ground with a recent winning double, although there was no joy at the track earlier in the week with Little Keilee finishing second by a short head, but there are some large fields at the track for Friday and my old chum Ado McGuinness has an interesting runner early on the night.
Volatile Analyst runs on the polytrack for the first time and is off a very attractive mark, so I'll be backing him at 6/17.00.
He was a Listed winner for previous trainer Keith Dalgleish and held a rating in three-figures for a long time.
In four runs this year he has dropped from 93 down to 80 but all is not totally lost on his winless form in 2023.
One of his better runs came at Navan over the stiff 5f there. He was a big price on that occasion and was always up with the pace but weakened at the end, but the time was pretty quick.
Last time out at Naas he ran in the first-time cheekpieces, but he was given a hold-up ride and the tactics didn't work out as he had too much to do in the end over 6f.
With headgear off and potentially a draw to help him get across to the stands' side (in 17), he's too well handicapped to ignore and McGuinness does so well with new recruits - especially in the sprinting division.
The favourite for the final 20:15 on the card is Ger Lyons' Hijo De La Luna, but he's too short at 9/43.25 considering he was sent off favourite for his handicap debut at the track recently and finished out of the frame.
Florida Taiga is next in the betting for Dermot Weld, but I tend to give Weld's runners a swerve at the track as they are often shorter than they should be, and Florida Taiga looks pretty moderate anyway.
Lady Christa looks more of a bet at 13/27.50 for Sheila Lavery as they try to find her best trip.
She's in tonight over 1m2f, and that could be the best distance for her. She ran well over the trip at Navan earlier this season over 1m2f in an Apprentice Handicap, and the time was a good one and she went down by a nose.
The filly was a little unlucky as she met trouble with a loose horse and it checked her momentum at a crucial stage, but over that distance, she appeared to excel.
Last time out she raced over 1m6f and was a complete non-stayer.
This isn't much of a race and I expect Lady Christa to be ridden prominently, and from a low mark which has reduced this season, I like her chances.
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