Alan Marron’s Dundalk preview & tips

Dundalk Preview Friday October 26th


5.10 7f Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Fillies Claiming Race (3yo+)

With Colin Keane still in the hunt for the jockey’s title his mount here SCREAM looks to have a very good chance. She drops into claiming company here and her last run at the track puts her high up the pecking order. She stayed on well from off the pace and met traffic in running otherwise she would have finished closer. She is drawn here and stall one and Colin should be able to adopt a handy position and use her stamina as she has won over a mile earlier in her career.

5.45 7f Apprentice Handicap (3yo+)

Jack Davison has a small but select team and his recent recruit from Mark Johnston OUTSIDE INSIDE could give them all plenty to do here. She was a little unlucky on her last run here as she was slowly away as the rear of the stall opened and then she stayed on well in the final furlong to finish fourth. For those who remember back to my Listowel previews I put up Rattling Jewel as a well handicapped individual and he duly obliged but the most interesting thing for me was that Outside Inside ran on well to finish fourth in that race also. Her handicap mark remains the same off 71 and I think that gives her an excellent chance of success here. When trained by Willie Mc Creery as a two year old she was placed off 81 in a nursery so 71 would give her a good chance here.

6.15 5f Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo)

Joseph O’Brien still has his dual purpose team in very good form and LIQUOR SCHOLAR could be the chance of another winner. This will be his first run in handicap company and his trainer has reached for the application of blinkers. His run at Bellewstown  looks a decent one in terms of this race as he finished third to his stablemate  Phase After Phase who his trainer gave a favourable mention to after the race as one to follow at Dundalk over the winter. If the blinkers work Liquor Scholar should go very close here.

6.45 1m Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo)

With many of the leading contenders drawn wide in this race it may pay to have a look at the unraced Michael Halford colt BALMARI. The trainer likes to have winners at Dundalk and he likes to introduce a decent horse on this surface. Balmari will need to be very clued in on debut and he could be a decent price to make a winning debut. One to watch closely in the market.

7.15 6f Handicap (3yo+ 45-65)

BELICK looks to be nicely handicapped for trainer John Mc Connell with the booking of Kevin Manning highly significant. He has won off a mark of 55 and was placed off 56 at Dundalk last season and returns here off a mark of 54. That would give him a very strong chance in a race that wont take much winning. Kevin Manning was on board and got a really good tune out of him when second at Cork recently and they will be hopeful of going one better here. His last run was at Laytown where he was acquired by the Melbourne Ten for the day. It was a solid run and he looks one to pay most attention to here.

7.45 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Maiden (3yo+)

Colin Keane could be line for another winner here with the Khalid Abdullah owned DEFILADE.  His first run this season was very encouraging when second at Gowran Park behind Killourney. The switch to the all weather could be ideal and he looks like one could be very hard to beat. Killourney followed up next time out and the third and fifth have followed up also so the form has a very solid look to it. He is drawn slightly wide here in 13 and Colin might to sit and suffer and take his position off the pace and try and come with a late run. Should be very tough to beat here.

8.15 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-75)

Damien English and Vanessa Maye were successful last week with the evergreen Geological and they could be the combination to follow here with MIDNIGHT WILDE.  This is his first run for the new yard having previously being trained by John Ryan in the UK. He won off a mark of 80 on the turf and returns here off 74 on the all weather. Damien English has done very well with new recruits and this could be another that is extremely well handicapped. This horse has contested some decent pots across the water, he ran in a very hot renewal of the Melrose Handicap and finished unplaced. This is a massive drop in grade here and if he is not successful here, he is one to watch for the coming meetings at Dundalk.

8.45 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-75)

PARK ROW is a bit of a Dundalk specialist and he looks nicely weighted here in this 45-75 handicap. Even though it looks like he would prefer 1m 4f he is nicely handicapped to be competitive here on his second run after a 55 day break. He was successful off marks of 78 and 84 last season and gets in here off a mark of 75. Top weight will be no issue to this horse as he will be well fit to carry and he could give them all plenty to think about here. His run last time out was a very good run off a break where he only weakened in the last 150 yards. That should set him up nicely for this. Solid each way value.





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