Peter Kingston has some big-priced selections for Dundalk this evening as he looks to build on a successful recent run at the County Louth venue. These include Rips Dream (9/2), who ran away with the finale at Dundalk on Wednesday.
Here are Peter’s fancies for tonight (Friday 2nd November).
Elegant Emmeline strikes me as too big a price in the 6pm at Dundalk this evening. The modest, 45-rated mare is a little left-field but this is a really moderate race.
She led a competitive field in the Curragh last-time out until inside the final furlong when she looked to be drawn the wrong side. The first five home were drawn 14-19-10-9-15 whereas she was drawn in stall two.
Joe Coogan’s mare is still a maiden but was 2nd here last summer and second in Tipperary back in June off a higher mark. Although drawn ten tonight, Elegant Emmeline has shown plenty of pace in the past and could get involved here at a big price.
Bay Of Plenty
The Injuredjockeys.com Handicap at 7.30pm looks more open than 9/4 about the hat-trick seeking Tuamhain would suggest.
The well-backed Guanabara Bay just failed to land the gamble behind Pulsating here a fortnight ago. Conor O’Dwyer’s Pulsating has won since.
Palmetto Bay, though, excites me at the prices. Henry de Bromhead’s 3-year-old filly runs in her first handicap off what looks like a generous mark of 58. Dylan Robinson aids the cause with claiming a valuable 5 pounds.
She began her career with a run for Pascal Bary in France. Since then, for Henry de Bromhead, Palmetto Bay has finished sixth in a Gowran maiden in September and tenth in Cork at the start of October. Both runs were over further than today’s trip and she threatened to run really well at seven on both occasions she’s tried it.
In Gowran, she arrived at the two-furlong pole as if going to win but faded on soft going in the last few furlongs, and in Cork she was drawn 17 but again showed up well for quite some way before understandably fading.
David’s Charm, who has won a Naas maiden since then, went on to be second in the Cesarewitch and the second has subsequently won her maiden. Seven furlongs and a sound surface may bring out the best in Palmetto Bay.
He’s The One
Amazing One really caught the eye on his last two starts at Navan. The fact that he was flashing home on both occasions over an extended five furlongs suggested that the Thomand O’Mara-trained gelding is both well-handicapped and would really appreciate an extra furlong.
While drawn twelve here is not ideal, he gets the benefit of Nathan Crosse claiming seven pounds and that makes Amazing One a very fair each-way bet.
Wednesday’s winner Aubineau is respected but my selection in the second division of the 7f handicap at 8pm is nearly twice his price, so that will do.
Fit For Purpose
Fit for Function is a fair each-way price in the competitive 8.30pm on the card.
Joseph Murphy’s gelding was fourth here over seven furlongs behind Luna’s Luck when travelling wide but still running with credit on his penultimate start.
Then, last week, the five-year-old led a furlong out at Leopardstown before paying for his earlier efforts to finish fourth in a competitive seven-furlong handicap. Drawn well in 4 and stepping back to 6f should be ideal for the four-time winner.
Fit for Function has won at Dundalk three times at today’s trip, including off tonight’s mark. Being two pounds out of the handicap is not ideal, but Niall McCullagh’s mount is overpriced to hit the frame in a race where there should be plenty of pace on, which will see him finishing off to good effect.
Elegant Emmeline 25/1
Palmetto Bay (16/1)
Amazing One (7/1)
Fit For Function (16/1)
**Prices correct at the time of publication