Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Friday December 23

Dundalk is the only meeting in Britain and Ireland on Friday
Dundalk is the only meeting in Britain and Ireland on Friday

Timeform pick out three bets from Dundalk on Friday.


Chestnut Fire - Dundalk 18:30

Chestnut Fire is an obvious selection this seven-furlong handicaps as he just failed to land the hat-trick here a fortnight ago and shouldn't be inconvenienced by the drop back to seven furlongs, given he's spent most of his career over that trip. Chestnut Fire's form figures at Dundalk read 129112 and a 1 lb rise for his latest nose second of 11 to Red Avenger looks very fair. Geological and Russian Soul are feared most.

Paved With Gold - Dundalk 19:30

Three-year-old Paved With Gold got off the mark on his third start in handicaps over a mile at this track in November, and he's run well again since when one and a quarter lengths second of 14 to Carrigeen Prince in a similar race over the same C&D. Paved With Gold shaped like he was ready for a return to this trip of a mile and a quarter when staying on last time, and he's taken to get back to winning ways, despite another 4 lb rise in the weights. Shake The Bucket and Super Focus head the dangers.

Power Grid - Dundalk 20:00

Power Grid stormed clear to win by six lengths over C&D two weeks ago so may be able to defy a 12 lb hike in this 10-furlong handicap. Back in cheekpieces that day, Power Grid resumed progress to double his tally for the year and in really good style to boot, impressing with how much distance he put between himself and the rest late on. That was also the first time he'd been ridden by Kevin Manning (largely partnered by apprentices otherwise), who maintains the partnership.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All at Dundalk)

Win back Chestnut Fire in the 18:30
Win back Paved With Gold in the 19:30
Win back Power Grid in the 20:00


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