5.15 VIEW RESTAURANT AT DUNDALK STADIUM HANDICAP
ALOYSIUS LILIUS is as very interesting runner here based on the form he has shown in his last couple of runs. He was visually impressive when winning going away under Ben Curtis at Newcastle two runs back and then last time out he was third to Sceptical over the same course and distance as we have here. The big difference is that I would expect this race to be run at a stronger pace and this horse can travel better into it and finish his race out better. This will only be his third run at the track and on his form he will be very hard to keep out of the frame.
5.45 INJUREDJOCKEYS.COM CLAIMING RACE
The jockey bookings could be key here but I am quite surprised that Colin Keane has got off CORVUS GLAIVE to ride Eglish instead. She is in very good form and understandably will be very hard to beat but Ger Lyons had a high opinion of Corvus Glaive and he could be able to show some ability now that he is dropped in grade. Billy Lee will be on board and he could be the one to give Eglish most to do. He was very eye catching first time out finishing midfield behind Moll and then ran poorly last time out. He has blinkers applied here and if they work he could be a different proposition altogether. Small each way value.
6.15 CRAIC AT THE TRACK 13TH & 14TH MARCH HANDICAP
JON ESS is absolutely thriving in recent runs and is on course for a three timer here under Billy Lee. He has subsequently been raised 16lb by the handicapper but the way he won last time out suggests to me that there is a little more to come. He won very comfortably last time where he done all his best work in the closing stages to win going away. That race looked far more competitive than this one does and I would expect him to take all the beating. Conor O’Dwyer will be looking to land a nice pot on the grass with this horse and he looks one to keep on the right side of in the coming months. He has a turf mark of 89 and that could be well exploited should be win here. Keep a close eye on him.
6.45 CROWNE PLAZA DUNDALK RACE AND STAY APPRENTICE HANDICAP
NAILED ON NINA looks a very interesting runner for local trainer Pat Martin. This made has a nice light weight on her back and went into my notebook on her last run where she was slightly short of room but was doing all her work towards the end of the race. She was 11th at the three furlong pole and ran on strongly. She finished sixth that day behind Rock On Aidan and that is a very good run in terms of this race. She had Followmefollowyou in front of her but I would give her a good chance to reverse the form. On the revised terms they should be closely match and Nailed On Nina looks the value. Will be hard to keep out of the frame with luck in running.
7.15 WILLIE BUCKLEY MEMORIAL MAIDEN
This maiden doesn’t have a strong look to it and the Michael Halford trained KERANDI could be the one to pay the most attention to in the market. This horse is a half brother to a winner over this trip and while many of Michael Halford’s horses improve from first to second run, it wouldn’t surprise me at all that he could go close here. Ronan Whelan is on board and if he can get him out the gates and into a nice handy position he could go close here.
7.45 LOVE YOUR MUM AT THE RACES 20TH AND 21ST MARCH HANDICAP
KINCH has been in solid form over the past couple of months and deserves to get back into the winners enclosure. The step back up in trip should suit him and he looks the one to beat in a tricky handicap. He runs off a mark of 59 here and in terms of what he has shown he can still be very competitive off that mark. He was beaten ¾ length by Adnap two runs ago and that form should be more than strong enough here. I had him as my selection on a preview on his last run but the race totally went against him. He was a little too far out of his ground and ran on strongly close home and was unlucky not to get up and was only beaten into third. This race should suit much more and he can use his stamina close home and should win as he likes. My nap of the night. Will take plenty of beating here.
8.15 FLOODLIT FRIDAYS CONTINUE AT DUNDALK STADIUM MAIDEN
This is not a strong race on paper and it might be worth taking a small chance on CHARLE BRUNE who could well get his own way in front and give them all plenty to think about. He was completely out of his depth behind Kings Vow last time out but turning for home he was still well in front. He got very tired up the straight but kept on well to finish fifth and that was a very good run. His stamina wont be an issue over a mile but whether it will be too sharp for him remains to be seen. He won twice over hurdles in the space of two days last summer and his trainer is quite a character and no doubt it will spark jubilant scenes in the winners enclosure should he get his head in front.
8.45 WINTER SERIES AWARDS DAY SATURDAY 4TH APRIL HANDICAP
Leanne Breen is relatively new to the training ranks but has a very strong chance of getting another winner on the board here with TICKS THE BOXES. He is a very consistent performer and like many horses on the card this week, he deserves a little bit of luck. The handicapper has left him on a mark of 56 and that looks on the lenient side. Consistency around Dundalk will be rewarded eventually and this horse has a nice draw in stall four and Gavin Ryan should be able to sit and wait and with luck in running come with a late run and get up close home. Gavin has finished second on Ticks The Boxes once already at Dundalk this season so hopefully the partnership can get into the winners enclosure this time around. Big chance here.