Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday, January 26

Dundalk host a good competitive card on Friday night
Dundalk host a good competitive card on Friday night
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Timeform provide you with three tips from Dundalk on Friday evening.

"The drop back to this trip won’t be a bother and she is expected to quickly get back on the up..."

Nimitz - 17:30 Dundalk

Nimitz is proving expensive to follow but he shaped better than the bare result over this C&D last time and is worth one more chance. He was making smooth headway entering the straight when denied a run over two furlongs out, forced to switch and gaining on the leaders again once finding his stride. This is a lesser race and, from what looks a workable mark, he is taken to belatedly open his account. John Honeyman, No Way Jack and Easy Boy are a trio of others also worthy of a second look.

Clear Skies - 18:00 Dundalk

Clear Skies has thrived on her racing this winter, completing the four-timer over a mile and a half at this course last month, and was arguably unlucky not to make in five in a row over two miles last time. She was forced to deliver her challenge on the unfavoured inside rail after suffering interference on the home turn, conceding first run and not knocked about. The drop back to this trip won't be a bother and she is expected to quickly get back on the up, likely at the main expense of Wooster.

Nigg Bay - 19:30 Dundalk

Nigg Bay caught the eye on his handicap debut when finishing sixth over six furlongs here last time and the step up in trip seems sure to suit. He ran his best race on his debut over a mile, and has shaped well over six furlongs since, but everything about him suggests that this extra furlong will be in his favour, and he's fancied to get off the mark back in maiden company. Shamad and The Phantom Punch have achieved more in form terms and are both solid contenders.

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