DUNDALK PREVIEW 8/11/2019
Alan Marron’s good form continued on Wednesday with winners at Dundalk returned at 7/1 and 12/1.
His legion of followers will be hoping for more of the same at Dundalk on Friday night, November 8th.
In the 6:15PM, 6:45PM, 8:15PM and 8:45PM races at DUNDALK today, we are paying EACH-WAY 1/5 THE ODDS on 4 PLACES!
5.15 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF FILLIES MAIDEN
With very little form on offer here we will look closely at the newcomers and hope that one of them can prove to be pretty smart.
AWAASEF is one of the most interesting runners for me as she holds an Irish 1,000 Guineas entry for next year. Dermot Weld has had a quiet year in comparison to recent seasons and he will no doubt be looking for this filly to fulfil some of the potential she may be showing at home.
Dermot knows the family of this filly well as he used to train the dam, Tarfasha, who, on her last run, finished fourth in the Group One Prix De l’Opera at Longchamp.
If this filly can be half as good as Tarfasha, I would expect her to go very close here.
5.45 7f Maiden (3yo+)
It could be a very quick double for the master of Rosewell House as SHERANDA takes her place here with Chris Hayes on board.
She ran very well to finish second to Getaway Katie Mai at Listowel, the race that I mentioned in Wednesday’s preview where Mouneera had finished down the field. Mouneera let the form down on Wednesday evening but I expect Sheranda to run much better.
She has the beating of Magic Fountain, who reopposes here, on her last run at The Curragh but has a small bit of form to find with Abanica, who also runs here.
Sheranda should have a little more improvement to come, while both her opponents that tie into her form-wise are looking well exposed. She should be very hard to beat here.
6.15 7f Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65)
EACHARN looks to have a really good chance here on the basis of form he showed at Dundalk last season off slightly higher marks. He showed a return to form last time out when a close third behind Fashaar, who ran creditably on Wednesday.
Eacharn gets in here off a mark of 61 but was placed twice behind a very good yardstick, Ahlan Bin Zain, last season off a mark of 70. He will strip a lot fitter this time around and should be hard to keep out of the frame.
He has the prime position in stall one and should sit nicely in off the pace and challenge close home.
One of the bets of the night for me.
6.45 7f Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65)
It could be a quick double for trainer Andrew Slattery as he saddles KHAFAAQ in the second division of this handicap. He is the one horse who should be at the forefront of the market as he has the best of the draw. His handicap mark is 2lb higher than when he was placed over the course and distance and this looks a decent chance for him to get his head in front.
This will be his third run this season on the all-weather and he looks like there is still a bit of improvement in him.
He is a solid each way selection here and will be hard to keep out of the frame.
7.15 1m Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo)
OCEAN MONARCH ran a race full of promise first time out at the track on the 11th October when fifth behind Now The King. Any improvement here would put him right in the equation. He was well clear of the sixth horse last time out and, no doubt, many of the Jessica Harrington juveniles have improved from first run to second.
This horse is very speedily bred, being by Bungleinthejungle, so whether a mile will suit will be questionable.
This is a race to watch closely for the future as there will be numerous winners to come out of it.
7.45 1m Floodlit Friday Nights Handicap (3yo+)
KATIYMANN was a major eye-catcher last time out at the track when travelling very strongly into the race and just struggling to get home. He should improve on the back of that and looks to be a massive contender. That was his first run on the all-weather this season and I would expect a big performance here.
He is off racing off a 87 here and has some very solid runs over the course and distance off marks slightly higher. Ronan Whelan should be able to adopt a handy position from stall 3 here and let the horse travel away.
There should be a strong pace here and he could arrive there on the bridle and be very hard to beat.
8.15 1m4f Parkview Provisions Apprentice Handicap (4yo+)
PARK ROW ran a very encouraging race last time out at Dundalk when he failed to quicken off a pace that most likely didn’t suit. This race looks on paper to have a stronger pace and he could travel longer into this race and be a big player.
The handicapper was kind by leaving him on the same mark as last time out. He is 3lb lower than his last winning mark at Dundalk so, with luck in running, he will be hard to keep out of the frame. This will be his third run after a 55-day break and he is a horse that might take a few runs to get him to peak fitness.
This could be his time to shine.
8.45 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap (3yo 45-70)
The final race on the night is a very trappy handicap and the Edmond Kent-trained LIGHTHOUSE LADY is somewhat of a speculative selection. This is her first run in a handicap and she has plenty of maiden form that will give her a decent chance here.
The ground could have been her downfall on her last two runs and she may benefit from the surface here.
Her opening mark of 69 looks lenient and she could be the type of filly to improve on the all-weather. Each way chance with luck in running.