Timeform’s three best bets at Dundalk on Friday 26 February



Timeform highlight the three best bets from Dundalk on Friday…

“…sets the standard in this contest, and with improvement anticipated, he is taken to make light of a six-month absence and open his account.”

Timeform on Skilled Warrior

Blackstone Cliff – 16:30 Dundalk

A winner over this course and distance on his penultimate start, Blackstone Cliff shaped better than the bare result when second to Spelga in a handicap over this track and trip last time, likely to have given the winner much more to think about in a truly-run race. He is 8 lb better off with that rival this time around and is taken to reverse the form.

Skilled Warrior – 17:30 Dundalk

A promising type, Skilled Warrior shaped encouragingly on his debut at Gowran in July, finishing third in what has since proved a warm maiden, and he stepped up on that effort to finish runner-up at Tipperary the following month, no match for the winner but pulling clear of the third – a subsequent winner who went on to contest the Group 2 Bereford Stakes. Skilled Warrior sets the standard in this contest, and with improvement anticipated, he is taken to make light of a six-month absence and open his account.

Togoville – 19:30 Dundalk

Togoville is a five-time winner over this course and distance, including when making light of a 5 lb rise to land his second win in the space of a week seven days ago, once again enjoying the run of the race but drawing well clear in the final furlong, winning by four and a quarter lengths. He is up a further 10 lb for his recent success, but has won off higher marks in the past and is clearly thriving at present, so he gets the vote to bring up the hat-trick.