Chiclet to give Phillips Friday hat-trick
GARY Phillips gets the nod to make it a third successive winning Friday at Dundalk when he steers the nap vote Chiclet in tonight's opening maiden.
The useful 7lb claimer has enjoyed a single win at each of the last two meetings and his Tracey Collins-trained mount in the first brings the best form credentials to the table.
Dermot Weld's once-raced Bobby's Heart and Eddie Lynam's newcomer Edamame probably represent the main dangers, but Chiclet warrants the selection.
After three modest starts on grass, the Dandy Man filly improved to be chinned by American Hope over course and distance in December.
Lynam's Not Your Call, fourth then, has since won and the third Have A Great Day has also run well since, so the form looks pretty solid.
If Chiclet can replicate that sort of performance, she should win this.
Robbie Downey, another promising 7lb claimer, could take the following handicap for Lynam aboard course regular Doc Holliday.
Andy Oliver turns last week's winner Above The Law out again, but Doc Holliday's overall profile is more appealing. Twice successful here in the autumn, he has been placed in his two subsequent starts, latterly finishing a fine second to Victor's Beach three weeks ago.
He is 2lb higher now, but still has the scope to justify that hike against relatively modest opposition.
Victor's Beach gets the nod to add to his total of three previous course wins in the mile handicap for Mick Halford and Shane Kelly, while Pat Smullen also has some decent spins.
The former champion should go close on Ado McGuinness' Gold Falcon in the seven-furlong handicap, with Prunella Dobbs' Carried likely to have a big say for him in the last after a cracking effort in defeat here two weeks ago.