Dundalk Preview 18/09/2020

Alan Marron is back to preview the first meeting of the Dundalk Autumn Winter Series.

We are back on the all-weather at the Co. Louth venue and while spectators are still unable to attend you can catch all the action live in your local Bar One Racing shop.

The feature of the night is the Find Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium race where it could be a poignant success for Team Rosewell and Dermot Weld following the death of Pat Smullen earlier in the week.

Everyone at Bar One Racing would like to extend their condolences to the extended Smullen and Crowley family following Pats passing. May he Rest In Peace.

As normal with Dundalk the rest of the card is extremely competitive but there is plenty of value to be had and hopefully we will be able to get a winner or two to start us off ahead

5.30 Floodlit Fridays Return Claiming M´dn 3-y-o plus of €11,000.00 . 1m.

Jack Davison is a trainer I have kept a close eye on this season and he has some very nice types to go to war with for the remainder of this season and the start of the next campaign.

MAJESTIC JEWEL (20-1) finished third in a recent barrier trial over the course and it was a promising run. I have watched the replay on a couple of occasions and she was very quick from the stalls and kept at it all the way to the winning line to finish third. She is likely to improve plenty from the experience and I would expect her to go very close here.

It doesn’t look the strongest race and she might not have to improve much from the barrier trial to contend.

6.00 Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap (45-65) (DIV I) of €9,000.00

On form IRISH AMBASSADOR (6-1) should take all the beating here after producing some very good performances on the all weather during the autumn winter series last season.

He was a non runner on the 15th August due to the kickback where the new surface was taking some time to bed in. He runs off the same mark here than when third behind Kinch and Above Us Only Sky where he was beaten by the minimum margin. That was back in March but the fact that he was entered in August means that he should be fit and ready to go this time around.

He has a nice draw in stall four and Chris Hayes should be able to adopt a handy position and get his head in front where it matters.

I think there is a plenty of improvement off is mark and his owners could have an exciting winter series with this horse.

Chris Hayes will be in top form if he can get Irish Ambassador home in front.

6.30 Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap (45-65) (DIV II) of €9,000.00

SLADE RUNNER (10-1) looks to be a very interesting runner for the duo of Patrick Turley and Robbie Colgan. This horse has caught my eye on a couple of occasions and nothing more than when he stayed on strongly at Navan last week behind Rockview Empress.

The last time we seen this horse at Dundalk, he was trained by Adrian Mc Guinness and ran a very strong race when again staying on late behind Mythologic. He is six pound lower than that run and if his new yard can improve him off the back of the Navan run I could see him going very close here.

Looks a solid each way proposition in a competitive handicap.

7.00 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (45-70) of €10,000.00

Shane Foley and Kieran Cotter team up here with PULSE OF SHANGHAI (6-1) and he could be worth keeping a very close eye on. He started 11/4 favourite in a hot Curragh handicap where he finished third behind Mogwli and Miacomet. Mowgli went on to win next time out off a mark of 71 so that shows that the form is solid.

We have seen Miacomet run to form on her following two runs and she was second to A Step Too Far who is rapidly improving this season. This will be Pulse Of Shanghai running for a fifth time for Kieran Cotter and he will without doubt have him in prime order and know where he stands with him. He has been dropped 4lb in the handicap since he arrived at his new yard.

That should be enough to see him competitive here and he will be hard to keep out of the frame.

7.30 Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden of €25,000.00

For those of ye who follow my previews on a regular basis you will be aware that the Henry De Bromhead trained TAKEKO (14-1) has appeared here before when I previewed a recent meeting at the Curragh.

The application of blinkers for the first time could make all the difference here and I expect him to give Coulthard, who will be the likely favourite plenty of trouble. Since the run at the Curragh this filly ran in a listed race at Leopardstown where she was totally out of her grade. She stayed on the same pace at Navan last time but I would expect a bigger performance here.

She was very eye catching on her debut and if she can get back to that form she should go very close.

Henry de Bromhead knows what it takes both over jumps and on the flat and he will be looking to get Takeko home in front here.

8.00 Apprentice Handicap (50-80) of €11,000.00

Tony Martin was always of the opinion that DRAKENSBERG (17-2) needs nice ground so a return to the all weather should see this horse in a better light.

This will be this horses third run after coming off a 318 day break and he should be coming back into form. He was unlucky last time out when he stumbled from the stalls and was out the back most of the way. He is 8lb higher than his last winning mark around Dundalk but this race should really suit him and he should go very close.

I would keep a close eye on the market as this horse could be much shorter than his price overnight may suggest.

8.30 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Find Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Race (3yo+)

***Unfortunately Tasalka is a non runner tonight***

There would be no more fitting winner this week than the Aga Khan owned and Dermot Weld trained TASALKA following the very sad passing of Pat Smullen.

This filly will wear cheekpieces for the first time and it could get her much closer to Bolivar who finished ahead of her last time out. She stayed on very strongly when winning at Naas prior to that and I think she was slightly unlucky on her last run where she kept on well but was outbattled close home.

She has some very solid form in good fillies races and if the surface suits then she could be very hard to beat here.

She gets the weight for age allowance so that should see her in contention.

9.00 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Find Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Handicap (3yo+ 45-65)

Robbie Colgan could be in line for a double on the night with GORMANSTON (11-2) who caught the eye when staying on strongly at Navan last time out behind Rockview Empress.

That line of form will be tested earlier in the night with our selection Slade Runner who will also be ridden by Robbie Colgan. This horse has only got his act together on turf recently and finished third at Dundalk back in March this year.

We know he handles the surface and with that in mind and the improvement to come off the back of his last run he should be hard to keep out of the frame.

He is solid each way potential here and will hopefully finish the night on a high for us.

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