Cooley Fillies’ Stakes Tips & Betting Preview

Race Time: 7.20pm Meeting: Lingfield Day: Friday 30th October
Distance: 1m Full Race Name Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Cooley Fillies’ Stakes (Listed)

Is it us or does the all-weather surface at Dundalk seem to get more than their fair share of Listed races? Either way we have another one here, and like lemmings over a cliff we are going to start with the long time missing in action Facade (10/1), entered here for top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.  Her two fourths n tow races basically don’t add up to anything, but they rarely use up a spare box without good reason and they must feel the daughter of Galileo is better than we have see with our own eyes. She must have had plenty of niggling issues to have been kept off the track all season so far, and has actually missed a few possible engagements in recent weeks where we have mentioned her only to find her pulled out at the last minute, but they must feel she is ready to race and when she does, we wonder if she might be capable of pulling off a bit if a surprise?

As Leading Actress (20/1) is the only early declaration to have actually won a race last time out she deserves a mention, though that was a pretty minor handicap and was over two furlongs less as well. She did look to be running on strongly to get up that day but was stone cold last here on her only other attempt at this trip, and with that black mark against her name, it seems pretty unlikely we will be tipping her here this evening!

Kevin Prendergast looks likely to be responsible for the highest rated challenger if three year old filly Tamadhor (11/4) turns out again this evening, though she does flatter to deceive more often than not as witnessed by a long list of places – and just the one career victory. She has the talent to win this head in chest from what we have seen but whether she is willing to us it is the big question and perhaps the one we are betting on – and we will reserve our judgement until we see the final field thank you!

The well know and bookie feared Sir Mark Prescott may send a solitary British raider over the Irish Sea with Don’t Be (4/1) an early declaration, but she is another a little out of sorts of late. She did win a similar standard race back in May at Goodwood but has failed to deliver since in four attempts, though in her defence,  some have been at a higher level, though we do wonder if she has already had enough for this season and may need a break.

Finally, Back On Top (4/1) is the most consistent filly declared based on her recent form with a third a second and a win in her last three competitions. All of that trio were in handicaps but David Wachman seems likely to let her take her chance with the rise in grade tonight, and although she doesn’t really look up to it, this isn’t the strongest renewal ever run by any stretch of the imagination and this may be her best chance to add a bit of black type for future breeding value.

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