Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday 21 February

Horses running on the all-weather
There's racing at Dundalk on Friday evening

Timeform identify three bets at Dundalk on Friday...

"...he has plenty in his favour..."

Timeform on Empire State

Flower Garland - 18:00 Dundalk

Flower Garland produced her best effort yet when finishing runner-up here last month and she sets a clear standard on that performance. That was her first attempt at a mile and she proved well suited by the step up in trip, seeing things out thoroughly and only just failing to get up, and she could have more to offer over this trip.

Comhghairdeas - 19:30 Dundalk

Plenty here can be given a chance, including Comhghairdeas, who won over course and distance in December and has largely been in good form since. He ran well to finish second over six furlongs last time, bumping into a well-treated rival, and he should continue to give a good account.

Empire State - 20:30 Dundalk

Empire State disappointed on his final start for Aidan O'Brien at Naas in July, but he sets the standard on his earlier form, most notably a victory here, and he looks the one to beat on his debut for Joseph O'Brien. Empire State has a solid record on the all-weather and answered a question about his attitude when getting off the mark here, so he has plenty in his favour.

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