1.30 WINTER SERIES AWARDS DAY SATURDAY 4TH APRIL APPRENTICE HANDICAP
When you look at this race the draw will come into play I think, and with the likely market leaders drawn out wide I am taking a chance with REVERBERATION who is nicely handicapped and could prove the value. This horse is proven over the trip having finished third behind Munfallet off a 3lb higher mark here on Valentines Day. He done all his best work in the closing stages and he should be able to get a handy pitch here and get a good tow into the race. He ran at Newcastle last time out and for me the race didn’t suit him. He made most of the running and couldn’t quicken from the two pole. This race should be run more to his liking and I can see him going very close.
2.00 LOVE YOUR MUM AT THE RACES MEDIAN AUCTION RACE
LINE JUDGE looks the standout one following a very encouraging first run behind Abby Hatcher. Declan McDonogh gave her a very educational ride and she absolutely flew home to snatch third. This time around I could see her being more streetwise and many of Joseph O’Brien’s runners have shown massive improvement from first run to second. The weight allowance looks valuable here and the fact that Joseph thinks that she has the ability to go close against a colt looks good enough to me. Massive player here.
2.30 CROWNE PLAZA DUNDALK RACE AND STAY CLAIMING RACE
Not much to say about this race only that YUFTEN on paper looks thrown in and should be very hard to beat. He is well ahead of everything else in the race and he is one that could give someone plenty of fun over the summer months.
3.00 VIEW RESTAURANT AT DUNDALK STADIUM MAIDEN
This race looks a trappy contest and it may pay to follow a line of form that has worked out extremely well. FIGUREHEAD made his debut in an above average maiden and he started slowly and it took him a while to realise what the game was about. When the penny dropped he ran on into a never nearer eight looking like he would benefit from the experience. The race has worked out extremely well, the winner Dark Vader has won twice since, the second, fifth and seventh have all won so that shows plenty of substance to the form. Figurehead on the betting at the minute looks to be unconsidered and could be a double figure price. That is very enticing for me if he shows any sort of improvement. Looks decent each way value and should be hard to keep out of the frame.
3.30 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM HANDICAP
One of the most competitive races on the card but the lightly raced EARLY STRIKE gets my vote with Nikita Kane on board. I think you can put a line through this horses run last time out when he reared slightly at the start and then everything went wrong through the race. His run prior to that is a nice piece of form where he made most of the running off the same mark that he runs off here. He got picked up by the Michael Halford trained Spelga. Spelga would be a good yardstick for many of these handicaps so Early Strike looks to have an each way chance. When he was second he was trained by Gavin Cromwell, this will be his second run for Dermot Murphy so I would expect an improved performance.
4.00 CROWNE PLAZA RACE AND STAY HANDICAP
TONKINESE went into my notebook on his second last run where he caught the eye running on late up against the rail and looked to be a surefire winner next time out. That didn’t transpire though as he produced a lackluster performance. I will give him another chance to redeem himself here in a race where there looks to be plenty of pace with the likes of Park Row involved. He gets to run off the same mark so the handicapper is giving him a chance. If he can be a little bit quicker out of the stalls and get a nice position I can see him doing all his best work at the end and giving them all plenty to do. Very strong contender in another competitive handicap.
4.30 EASTER WEEK RACING 15TH AND 19TH APRIL HANDICAP
Many of ye who follow my Dundalk previews will know that EACHARN has appeared on many occasions and this race looks to be one that will really suit him and he will be my nap of the day. I have been waiting for his horse to drop back to six furlongs all winter and it never happened until now. He always shows plenty of speed and finishes his races out very strongly. With Ben Coen claiming 3lb he is only two pound higher than when he got up on the line over seven furlongs to defeat Loaded earlier in the season. The slight negative is the draw but he is normally quick away from the gates so hopefully he can negate that disadvantage and get back into the winners enclosure.
5.00 LADIES DAY 12TH JULY HANDICAP
BANCHORY will look to be a speculative selection to many but I don’t think this is the strongest race in the world and I am quite surprised by the lack of market vibes. If you watch this fillies run in a maiden last time out, while not setting the world alight she was short of room and ran on nicely. This will be her first try in a handicap and she could prove to be a totally different proposition She was only beaten about 6 lengths last time out and if she can improve off the back of that run she could snatch a place here at a very big price. One to keep a close eye on.