In my last blog entry i napped up if Per Chance, still haven't quite got over the embarrassment of the 14th of 14.....

....only for the horse to reappear in a very similar handicap a week later and be beaten in a photo in a driving finish. That's racing!!

Dundalk is the focus on Friday for me, with one other smaller bet at Jebel Ali. FARMLEIGH HOUSE (NAP Dundalk 7.30) beat three of his four rivals tomorrow last time, despite, unusually for it, missing the break, in a time nearly a second better than standard. Up 8lbs, but I don't think that will stop this talented 5yo from dishing out another beating to them. Copper Dock franked the form on Wednesday with a gutsy success, and the only other horse running here does come here on a hattrick but that is after wins off 48 and 60, and will have to progress again to trouble these rivals.

Earlier on the card, BEAT THE BALLOT (Dundalk 6.30) can go one better than last time, when just getting caught on the post by Maude Adams (third a winner since). Raced on the pace that day, not the place to be as it happened with the first six home all coming from off the pace apart from the selection who saw the mile out really well. Young Megan Carberry (apologies not Nina as in earlier update!) did nothing wrong, but the strength of Joseph O'Brien might just make the difference.

Samollie was well backed form 16/1 to 5/1 on Wednesday but refused to enter the stalls and the bookies won't be so generous on Friday, so might be worth opposing with the game and consistent PIERRE D'OR (Dundalk 8.00). The run behind Almadaa, which takes on the nap in a much better grade of race, advertises the form of this one.

I was lucky enough to back Bensoon when it won last week and a bold bid for a follow up is expected. However the horse just jinked and unseated after crossing the line and that might have taken away the confidence the win would otherwise have guaranteed and Noverre Princess, second there, has a chance of reversing form. Marginal preference though is for MULLEADY (Dundalk 9.00). A winner over hurdles before a decent second to Top Madam, who is very progressive, and 63lbs below its hurdle rating, Mulleady possesses a nice rating to go to war with.

In the finale Alghanem (Dundalk 9.25) won with such authority here last Friday that even under the welter weight of 10 stone 7lbs, a follow up is a strong possibility. Most will dismiss Asian Wing's success on the same card as a fluke, but that is probably not the case, go back to a Fairyhouse second in April after racing wide throughout and that is a well handicapped rival. In receipt of a massive 30lbs, that makes this horse dangerous, along with Days Ahead, with Joseph O'Brien a good booking of course. Another well handicapped hurdler, 64lbs below that rating, even though the trip might be on the sharp side, so Days Ahead is another with a chance. I will wait to see the market before deciding whether to have a bet in this race.

Finally, I like HAATHEQ (Jebel Ali 11.35). Straight Talk is on a four timer and clearly very progressive, but the selection returns to its ideal conditions and course here, and its second to the awesome Treble Jig is the pick of the form on offer in this race.

The Jebel card is a minefield but any multiples betters could probably do worse than small stake Paul Hanagan bets, he has a fabulous book of rides.

As readers will realise, i'm very much flat oriented, so winter blog updates will continue to be irregular, but thanks for reading, and good luck to all. i will continue to flag up blog entries on twitter.