Three Darts for Dundalk

The €50,000 Al Basti Equiworld Carlingford Stakes is the feature tonight at Dundalk.

However I’ve tried to solve the puzzle of a trio of handicaps on the card – looking for some each way value with course performers who should enjoy tonight’s conditions.


The Sheila Lavery trained Flawlessly should run a big race in the first division of the 7f handicap at 6.30pm.

Drawn ideally in stall one, this strong travelling filly caught the eye here behind Time Stands Still a fortnight ago.

That despite not getting the clearest of runs in the straight and hitting the line well. Drawn nine that night she should be more suited with an inside draw here and hopefully a patient Robbie Colgan ride can reap rewards.

Flawlessly won here off 65 in January and races off five pounds higher now, she has some great placed form this summer though, including a second to Shore Step at the Curragh back in June. Shore Step recently won off a stone higher in the handicap and they pulled three lengths clear of the third that day.

I’d expect Time Stands Still to make the running again and ensure a pace for Flawlessly to follow and hopefully travel kindly as per usual and be produced late enough to hit the frame at least.

Track specialist Arbourfield is also interesting after being unlucky in the run at Leopardstown last time out.


The perennially well-backed Gunmaker is the selection in the 2nd division 7f handicap at 7.00pm.

This is a ferociously competitive handicap but the pace setup makes me think the course and distance winner back here in January can finish best to take the spoils.

Geological and Bay of Skaill should go a real good gallop and set it up for the closers. Focus of Attention ran well in behind Bay of Skaill last week and should be thereabouts. While the Aidan O’Brien trained favourite Royal Navy Warship has been crying out for a step up in trip.

Fresh from his Group winning exploits in Longchamp, I think Gavin Cromwell can have another winner here with the help of champion jockey Colin Keane in the saddle and an agreeable draw in stall four.

Bay of Skaill would have interested me as that was a fast time last week and she was unlucky to lose to Surrounding; but the combination of a spoiler in Geological and a quick reappearance after a hard race puts me off.

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Claregate Street

To complete the trio I’ve gone for Claregate Street in the 12f apprentice handicap, the 8.00pm on the card.

The Michael Halford trained filly was reported to be in season when finishing eighth here three weeks ago so that can be easily excused.

A winner at the track, she races for the first time in blinkers which might work the oracle. Often well supported in the market you get the feeling Claregate Street can hold a bit back for herself.

Tonight she has the addition of top apprentice Ben Coen in the saddle and this doesn’t look the strongest race. A double figure price appeals considering she was fourth in a premier handicap at the Curragh in May.


Flawlessly 14/1 

Gunmaker 7/1 

Claregate Street 12/1 

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*Odds were correct at time of publishing the article