A tricky card is in store at Dundalk tonight. All the more difficult for punters who can’t access Irish replays from last year due to a dispute between SIS and Attheraces. Not ideal when you sit down to refresh your memory after Christmas. There is highlights of every Irish raceday however on GoRacing’s youtube channel. On a larger point; how can we sell the sport to a wider audience when we can’t show highlights of past races on other channels, it’s short-sighted on the TV channels behalf.
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Keep finding for Pressure
I’ve plenty of opinions on tonight’s card but only one horse takes my fancy. Lady De Vesci in the 7pm at Dundalk, in the 12 furlong handicap, is my nap. The 6 year old mare has run 6 times at Dundalk this winter, already winning 3 and going up 21 pounds in the handicap in the process. Why are you backing it now I can hear you say. Well we have to view this race on it’s own and Halford’s mare represents each way value at the current price in my opinion.
The key with Lady De Vesci is she finds so much for strong pressure. None of her wins would blow you away, workmanlike. But that means the handicapper can’t crucify her, putting the 6 year old up 6 pounds, 5 pounds and 5 pounds for the 3 wins, fairly minimum rises. Michael Halford is a trainer whom his stock often keep improving throughout the season, he doesn’t seem to be too hard on them at home. It was encouraging that in his blog last night on his website he states Lady De Vesci is ‘working really well’.
Lady De Vesci steps up in class here but none of the highly rated horses in the race inspire. She may have improvement left over this extended trip which she enjoyed last time out on the 14th of December. Niall McCullagh is a strong light weight rider in the saddle and she is drawn well in 2. There’s sure to be a strong pace to come off which should suit; with front runners like Sharjah, Park Row and Rock on Dandy in the field. Rips Dream is favourite but has gone up 20 pounds for 2 wins compared to the selection, 16 for 3 and arguably in weaker races.
Any Other Business
Other horses I’ll be keeping an eye on, on tonight’s Dundalk card;
5.00 Ken Sam’s – No chance at the weights today, but could improve for Ado McGuinness
5.30 Turn on the Tears – A good performer at Dundalk in the past, betting suggests another Feane improver
6.00 Jungle Jungle – Good 3rd last time out, 2nd of Halford’s won impressively since.
6.30 Descendant – Big price but big if’s. Lame after last day, acts up in the stalls too.
8.00 Feisty Katerina – Always capable, could improve for stable switch to Adrian Joyce.
8.00 Alhajjaj – Drop in grade here but dreadful stall again. Feasibly handicapped.
8.30 Tiernaur General – Bit dismissed because of small stable, decent last run.
Lady De Vesci 7pm each way