Dundalk Preview – with Kevin Walsh
We get our weekly fix of all-weather action at Wolverhampton and Dundalk tonight. Here Kevin Walsh brings us through the card at Dundalk and gives us a selection for every race.
6.05: WINTER SERIES AT DUNDALK HANDICAP (5f)
Acroleina currently heads the betting for the opener, having been unlucky when behind today’s rival Times In Anatefka last time. The lightly raced 4yo met with plenty of traffic trouble on that occasion but finds herself worse off in the weights with the winner today. Hi Empress was just a head behind Times In Anatefka two starts ago and must be considered at this trip, which may not be ideal for some of her rivals. Of the bigger priced animals, last year’s winner Catwilldo and Missile Command look the best. The former won this race last year but must give weight away to all which will be no easy feat. An each-way chance then is taken on the latter who showed plenty of speed when a good third over 7f last time and has dropped to a very workable mark on his return to the minimum trip.
6.35: ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL MAIDEN (7f)
Fourteen runner Maidens are never the easiest to predict but this one may be a little easier. Jessica Harrington’s Period Piece looks to be a cut above here after a fine second on debut last month behind a more experienced rival. The Intikhab filly slightly missed the break on that occasion and was very green on the run in. She stayed on gamely in the end so this step up in trip should bring about more improvement. Plenty of dangers, particularly Charlie Bear, Navegante and Gladly. Rashaan is also an interesting newcomer but the hood on first time is a little bit of a deterrent.
7.05: FLOODLIT FRIDAY NIGHTS RATED RACE (7f)
Togoville rightly heads the market for this Rated Race given the level of form he has shown at this track of late. He was just caught on the line last time but was a good winner two starts ago and he looks the likely winner. The price is too short for me, though so I am willing to take him on with the Jane Foley trained Chief Suspect.The 4yo failed to get off the mark in five maiden starts but showed a step up in form on his handicap debut here last time. Wishyouwerehere, just touched off after a long break last time is another to make the shortlist.
7.35: DUNDALK STADIUM – LIGHT UP YOUR NIGHT HANDICAP (7f)
A good turn out for this 47-65 handicap with twelve now set to face the starter. Not too many bring good form into this one, except that is for last month’s course and distance winner Shabra Emperor. Anthony McCann’s charge was put up 7lb for that effort but the talented Tom Madden takes that off tonight which gives him strong claims of doubling up. Fairy Foxglove was 3 1/2 lengths back in third on that occasion but has a big swing in the weights tonight which should see her finish a lot closer. A chance, though is taken on the top weight Nini Ok who was much improved in a far better race than this last time and looks to have been found a good opportunity to get back to winning ways.
8.05: WWW.DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM HANDICAP (1m)
The consistent Rose Angel should again give a good account of herself here for Peter Casey. A winner over course and distance three starts ago, the 5yo put in a big effort when a close second over further last time. She now finds herself at a career high mark of 73 but receives weight from all and has the assistance of Tom Madden’s 7lb claim. Tennessee Wildcat showed improvement wen stepped up to this trip last time and should figure for connections who excel at this track. One further down the market that is worth a try is the Aidan O’Brien trained The Islander. Granted he was last of eight last time at this track but that was his handicap and all-weather debut in a far better race than this. There should be more to come from the 4yo and at the prices he could prove to be value.
8.35: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR PATRONS HANDICAP (1m4f)
Sharjah seems to love it around this place and a 4lb hike for victory last time may not be enough to stop him going in again in a winnable race. Andrew Slattery’s charge is in great form with himself and the assistance of Donnacha O’Brien’s 7lb claim is a big bonus. Eye Of The Tiger must be feared on his return to the all-weather tonight, whilst another course specialist, Minot Street should also be make the frame for John McConnell.
9.05: DUNDALK STADIUM ON FACEBOOK (Q.R.) Handicap (2m)
The qualified riders get a chance to show their flat skills in the finale where stamina will be the name of the game. Cottesloe has seen off a few of these in the past and has shown himself to be in fine form in recent times as well. He has the assistance of Nina Carberry but he is unproven over 2 miles and may be worth taking on. Former Galway Hurdle winner Moon Dice seemed to show a liking for the all-weather last time but 1m 2f was too sharp on that occasion.He should be much more at home over today’s trip and has Champion Point to Point jockey, Jamie Codd in the plate.
Kevin Walsh 9/1/15
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