Winners have been tough to come by on the blog the last few outings at Dundalk. It’s not for a lack of form study so we won’t panic yet.
The feature at 7pm, a conditions race over 7 furlongs for 3 year olds and older needs no drama. Favourite and potential top class Dramatise was withdrawn for failing to load in the stalls here in a listed race here at the end of October. Best behaviour please.
Rego Park is in Queens, New York. Isn’t google great. Rego Park Lady has a couple of runs to forgive but is my selection at a big price in the 6pm. A repeat of her run behind Gopsies Daughter in Navan in July and ahead of Landline would nearly be good enough here.
Gopsies Daughter beat the Adrian Murray trained filly a length that day and is now rated 15 pounds higher, the 2nd three pounds higher and the 4th, Landline won next time out in Roscommon.
An ordinary run in Ayr needs to be forgiven in August and Rego Park Lady’s first run back off a break 12 days ago at Naas. I’m happy to chance Conor Hoban’s mount at double figure prices in an open event, where the thriving Dash D’or sets the standard, but the handicapper may just have caught up with her.
The market seems to have found the correct pair at the head of the betting in the mile nursery at 6.30pm. Commodus will relish the step up to the mile but the wide draw is enough to put me off. Johnny Murtagh trains two in the race and I’m hoping he can strike early with Finding Nero.
Tongue tied for the first time this son of Holy Roman Emperor caught the eye behind Eagle Song last time out. It was hard to look away from the hugely impressive Eagle Song that night but Finding Nero was clear 2nd best.
The pace was a slow one and Finding Nero recorded the 2nd fastest last three furlongs in the field, coming from the back to finish 3rd. Vhagar who has since won was in 2nd that night but had the run of the race, nearly 2/3rds of a second slower from 3f to the line than the selection.
Finding Nero also made his run down the inner here four weeks ago which wasn’t ideal. Denis Linehan takes the ride tonight, one of the better apprentices in the race and stall four is ideal. A favourite’s chance.
Baroneracing.com are paying an extra place in the 6.30pm, 1/5th of the odds 4 places so no harm to stick Finding Nero in your each way multis.
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No Dramatics Please
The unbeaten Dramatise will be another one I choose at the head of the betting. Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. Dramatise’ impressive maiden win in Fairyhouse had the now 95 rated King’s Field back in third and subsequent impressive maiden winner Laughifyouwant back in fifth.
Quotes afterwards from Joseph O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan would only encourage you. If Dramatise loads without much fuss, I think she’s the one to beat here in the 7pm, her finishing kick at Fairyhouse made an impression.
Wajaaha ran to a decent level in England for Saeed Bin Suroor and Godolphin. The New Approach colt was 2nd of 84 only 25 days ago. He joined Denis Hogan for £56,000 in the interim. Connections can get some of that spend back here. The opposition do not inspire and this looks a straight forward opportunity for Wajaaha in the 7.30pm.
Into the West
Ger Lynch has two interesting runners at prices tonight. The Craughwell handler runs Ashqar in the 8pm, who was beaten less than three lengths in a premier handicap at Leopardstown three weeks ago off two pounds higher, when racing out of the handicap.
Losing Nathan Crosse’ valuable claim is far from ideal but this is an open race where many of the main protagonists have questions to answer. Ashqar caught the eye in Leopardstown flying down the outside and that was a better race than this.
Lynch then saddles Paddytheirishman in the last, the 9pm who also looks over-priced. Stall 11 is a not ideal and the Camacho gelding is 8yo but is not thoroughly exposed on the flat. He seemed in good heart here last Wednesday when finishing off well in the straight to be 4th after not getting the clearest of runs. Paddytheirishman is racing off two pounds lower tonight.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th from last week re-oppose in the first division of this 10f handicap and that will give us a good indicator of the strength of his form. Hopefully Rory Cleary can get near the rail early and navigate a smooth passage to get into the mix late on and make it a Galway double.
Rego Park Lady 25/1
Finding Nero 7/2