Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday 25 January

Horses running at night
There is all-weather racing at Dundalk on Friday evening

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Dundalk on Friday evening...

"...the handicapper hasn't overreacted and there should be even more to come..."

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Stronghold - 17:00 Dundalk

The lightly-raced Stronghold shaped well when finishing runner-up on his handicap debut over a mile and a quarter here last week, beaten only by one who returned to form, and he can go one better now with further improvement on the cards back at this trip. Political Policy has enjoyed lots of success here over the years and could be the one to give Joseph O'Brien's charge most to think about. Machiavelli is also respected on his first run for Denis Hogan.

Numerian - 18:30 Dundalk

Joseph O'Brien holds a strong hand with both Numerian and Colfer Me making plenty of appeal. However, the latter improved a chunk when landing a C&D maiden two weeks ago, pushed along entering the straight but staying on well to lead close home. He will surely stay further than this one-mile trip in time, but the handicapper hasn't overreacted and there should be even more to come from this lightly-raced sort who is in good hands. Gordon Elliott's Vivacious Spirit can do best of the remainder.

Master Diver - 20:00 Dundalk

Master Diver shaped better than the bare result when runner-up at Newcastle last week, going off too hard at a track where it pays to be ridden patiently and paying for it late on. This well-bred gelding almost certainly has plenty more in the locker and he looks capable of winning a race of this nature. Twenty Minutes is feared most.

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