The action gets underway at 6pm on the all weather in Dundalk, where the Listed Cooley Stakes is the feature at 8pm. Irish 1000 Guineas second Could It Be Love is the star attraction on the card at 8pm, a ridiculously impressive maiden winner back here in April.
Bay of Skaill – 5/1
The first is a claiming race for fillies and my selection Bay of Skaill has to be excused a poor run latest, when backing up quickly from an excellent run on her penultimate start. Two starts ago Bay of Skaill was just touched off by Surrounding in a good time over this trip. Surrounding runs later in the listed race. Bay of Skaill had a hard race then and the race one week later may have been a bit soon, the wide draw and contested pace contributed to a poor effort. A fortnight rest and drop in class here should see the Laytown winner be prominent and run a big race from stall 7. Andrew Slattery resumes the partnership and takes off a valuable 7 pounds.
Festina Plente – 7/2
Festina Plente is the next horse that interests me in the Bar One Racing Nursery, the 6.30pm. A maiden winner here on the 21st of September for Johnny Murtagh, she races off 83 in her first handicap. Shane Foley stated after the win that night that the 2yo was a ‘black type filly in the making’. Coral Beach and Empire Line were in behind that day and have since boosted the form. Festina Plente travelled so well here last time out the drop to 5f should be no problem and Denis Linehan takes off 5 pounds which is a help. Murtagh’s filly could be the class angle in this handicap and make it a quick double in succession at Dundalk stadium.
Reverberation – 4/1
The half seven looks between a pair at the front of the market who clashed here two starts ago. Bittersweet is looking to making it a hat-trick for her new trainer Ado McGuinness but the preference is for Reverberation who finished 5th to Bittersweet here two starts ago. Reverberation has been well supported in the market the last twice for Jim Lambe and ran well on both occasions, just coming up short. Reverberation is 6 pounds better off with Bittersweet for that run three weeks ago when only beaten 2 lengths and unlucky in the run a furlong out. Last time in Gowran, Reverberation came from a ways back to be third to two subsequent winners; Art of America and Centrofolia. Likely champion apprentice Shane Crosse takes the ride and he looks the value in what looks a match.
Eacharn – 9/2
Eacharn ran a belter here last week when returning here after 5 months off and finishing second. Its fair to assume the Andrew Slattery trained 4 year old would improve for that run. Eacharn drops back to 6f here which looks ideal for the strong travelling sort and races off a course and distance winning mark of 62. It is a tight handicap but stall 2 and expected improvement from last week makes the Ben Coen ridden gelding a bet.
Carried – 11/1
Carried on paper looks to have run terribly a fortnight ago when beat over 10 lengths. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. It was the 8 year old’s first run in almost 7 months and there was a fierce pace on early, Carried tanking along at an unsustainable gallop early, in his enthusiastic style. Shane Foley went a too quick in the early stages but eased the horse when beaten in the straight. That was over a mile and Carried’s four wins have come at 10 furlongs or more. Champion jockey Colin Keane takes over and this is a significant drop in class for the four time course winner who returns to ten furlongs. Prunella Dobb’s gelding won this last year off a pound higher so it’s reasonable to think the likeable front runner is over priced in the lucky last.
Prices correct at time of publication.