Dundalk Preview 2/10/2020

Another Friday night of racing is coming up at Dundalk

Alan Marron is back to preview another competitive card at Dundalk Stadium.

The first Friday in October and we are back at Dundalk Stadium for a cracking card. The Legacy Stakes Listed Race and the Star Appeal Listed Race are the features on the night and they both contain some very interesting runners.

As ye will see below folks there is plenty of value to be had so make sure ye call into your local Bar One Racing shop. We will have plenty of offers and specials available throughout the day so don’t miss out. 

We will be price boosting the live show favourites throughout the card at Dundalk so if any of the market leaders catch your eye make sure you avail of the best industry price with your number one bookmaker. 


4.35 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK RACE (3yo+) Winner €7,965 11 runners 5f Standard RTV

It is great to see Vanessa Maye renew her partnership with GEOLOGICAL (11-1) and with her seven pound claim that could leave him with a very good chance here.

The five furlong trip may be a little sharp for him these days but he showed plenty of toe when he won on his penultimate start under Colin Keane. He was prominent and battled back strongly to get back up close home. He finished down the field last time out in a very hot handicap on Champions Weekend and this should be more to his liking.

If Vanessa can get a handy early position his stamina could be key and he could be hard to pass. 

Vanessa and her beloved Geological (from Twitter account of @denglish_racing)

5.10 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF LEGACY STAKES (LISTED RACE) (2yo) Winner €28,025 14 runners 5f Standard RTV

Johnny Murtagh has in team in cracking form all season and could land another nice pot here with MEASURE OF MAGIC   (9-4). Her form is very strong and plenty of it has been backed up by the opposition she raced against. She was third in the Flying Childers Group Two at Doncaster last time out and that form should be more than enough to see her in contention.

If we go back to her run on the 24th July she beat Miss Amulet by 1 ¾ lengths going away. That form got a lovely boost when Miss Amulet went on to land the Lowther at York and then finish second to Alcohol Free in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket last weekend. Measure Of Magic has the beating of Steel Bull from their run last time out and this time around she will be getting 10lb from that rival.

I can see Measure Of Magic going very close here and should be hard to keep out of the frame.

5.40 DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM MAIDEN (3yo+) Winner €6,490 14 runners 7f Standard RTV

Many of ye will know by now that I am a keen follower of the Jack Davison stable as he is a trainer that certainly knows the time of day and it will be very interesting to see what the market says about his runner here AWKWAFINA (10-1).

She hasn’t been beaten far in three runs and it is interesting that they remain down the maiden route rather than going for a handicap. This filly caught my eye on her debut at Tipperary when she done all her work in the closing stages. She followed that up with a very good run at Leopardstown when she finished third. She disappointed a little at Down Royal last time out but has had time off to come back to herself and I would expect a much better run this time around.

The artificial surface could really suit and she might be a decent price in a competitive maiden.


Gordon Elliott will be getting his National Hunt horses ready for their winter campaign but he looks to have a good opportunity with the handicap debutante SARDONYX (16-1). 

On his last run he wasn’t beaten far in a claimer and could improve off the back of that and go close here. He looks to be getting his act together as his second run suggested he had plenty of ability when he finished midfield behind a smart performer of New Emerald Bay. He was short of room on a number of occasions.

I think we will see a totally different performance this time around. He should be hard to keep out of the frame.

Gordon Elliott could land a bit of a touch with Sardonyx here. Keep a close eye on the market.

6.45 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF STAR APPEAL STAKES (LISTED RACE) (2yo) Winner €28,025 9 runners 7f Standard RTV

Aidan O’Brien looks to have found a good opportunity for ADMIRAL NELSON (9-2) to get back to winning ways here after keeping some good company in recent times.

He was very impressive on debut at Curragh where he stayed on strongly and got up to beat his stablemate in the closing stages. He then went to Royal Ascot on his second run where he finished midfield in the Coventry behind Nando Parrado.

On his third run he was well beaten behind Supremacy and that form got nicely franked when Supremacy went and won the Middle Park at Newmarket last weekend.

It is good to see Emmet Mc Namara on board here and hopefully pick up a nice success for team Coolmore.

Can the Ballydoyle maestro land one of the features on the night?

7.15 1m Michael Cooney Memorial Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65) of €9,000.00

This is the first division of the mile handicap and it doesn’t look the strongest pof contests and the unexposed DETECTIVE DOG (18-1) could be one to pay most attention to in the market.

Andrew Oliver is a trainer who knows how to get one ready and this horse looks on paper to have an uphill task but I think the tongue strap for the first time could make all the difference. The booking of Colin Keane heightens the enthusiasm a little more and he has a handy draw in stall two.

One of the negative attributes that this horse has is that he has been slowly away in all three races so far in his career.

Colin should be able to get him in a handy position and he could surprise a few at a double figure price.

7.45 1m Michael Cooney Memorial Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65) of €9,000.00

For those who follow my previews on a regular basis ye will know that GORMANSTON (7-2) appeared on his last run and he was very unlucky on that occasion.

He came with his run inside the final furlong and the eventual winner Dame Rapide veered across the track and badly inconvenienced him. He returns here off the same mark and I have no doubt Robbie Colgan will be looking to get this horses head in front.

He looks to have plenty in his favour as he is nicely drawn in stall eight and should be able to adopt a handy position and travel away.

He should be very hard to keep out of the frame here.

8.15 Handicap (70-100) of €21,000.00

The final race is a very strong race for the grade and the Ger Lyons trained MARCHONS ENSEMBLE (6-1) with Colin Keane aboard looks to have a very strong chance.

This horse went into my notebook from his run at Leopardstown where he flew home down the outside and finished second behind a very good winner that day in Moll. His run in the Ulster Derby was below par but he improved again to finish fourth behind Springbank in the Mc Enery Cup at Gowran Park. The artificial surface could prove to be exactly what this horse needs and we could see Colin come with a late run down the centre of the track.

I think that he is better than his handicap mark suggests and he looks to have a solid each way chance here.

Ger Lyons will be hoping for a good run from Marchons Ensemble in the final race on the card.

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