As I study the card in the early evening, it’s dark and I’ve put the heating on. Dundalk is back alright.
But I won’t get ahead of myself and bite off more than I can chew. The claimers and 2yo races look difficult to find an angle in. I think it might pay to work with the horses who we’ve seen race here before and have a feel for.
In the Mourne Windows and Doors Apprentice Handicap, the 8.30pm, Eddie Lynam runs Major Power. The 3yo gelding ran here a fortnight ago in his first handicap finishing fourth, he and the three who finished in front of him all re-oppose again. The filly My Lark who won races off 4lb more in the weights and from a wider stall. Darvie and Three Majors race off the same weight as does my selection.
I liked the way Major Power travelled in the early part of the race and how he powered to the line after the penny dropped. He was green when asked to quicken 3 furlongs out and hit a flat spot.
I’d expect Lynam’s charge to be sharper for that effort and should get a better pace to run at here ensuring a stiffer test of stamina that should suit. Of the main protagonists I think he has the most upside and is worth a small bet.
The reserve Gougane Barra would be a danger if getting in after an eye-catching run here two weeks ago behind Alfirak, but hopefully he doesn’t get a run and can be backed another night.
The finale, the Carrickdale Hotel and Spa twelve furlong handicap, contains my other selection. Commander Won was another who powered home at Dundalk two weeks ago behind Nimitz who also re-opposes, the former 4 pounds better off at the weights.
Commander Won has won three times at Dundalk but is a quirky sort. Seemingly reluctant to race at the start occasionally, once the 6 year old consents he has a high cruising speed that can be maintained and is ultimately a likeable type.
That was Commander Won’s first start in seven weeks last time out and the rustiness early on was evident.
Hopefully the combination of that run and a kinder inside draw can leave him spot on for the last on the card. Shane Foley takes over in the saddle and has won on him over course and distance. I’d expect Foley to try and make all – tactics where the gelding is seen to best effect.
I think Sean Gallagher may come up short in the Presidential race but hopefully his namesake is collecting the trophy after the 9 o’clock at Dundalk Stadium.
Major Power in the 8.30 – 5/1
Commander Won in the 9.00 – 10/3