We have our second helping of Dundalk Stadium this week folks and anyone who followed the selections on Wednesday night would have had a nice winner when the John Oxx trained Regal Eagle (15/2) came home in front. We will be looking to improve on that tonight.
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4.30 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF MAIDEN 6F
This race could simply revolve around the draw and with many of the market leaders drawn middle to high it may pay to have a look elsewhere.
SCREEN SIREN (14/1) is a filly who is drawn two and looks to be overpriced on the latest odds with a double figure quote being available.
She will appreciate the step back up to six furlongs here and she should get a nice toe into the race from an inside stall. The form of her Cork run got franked a little when the second filly Shelley Banks went on to be second at the Curragh next time out.
I would be keeping a close eye on the market here as I think Screen Siren may outrun her odds on her first attempt on the all weather.
5.00 HANDICAP 5F
Michael Halford has his team in good form and was in the winners enclosure on Wednesday night at Dundalk Stadium with Leabaland and he has a very interesting runner here in ALL ABOUT IVY. (8/1)
The most noticeable thing about this filly is that she ran an absolute belter of a race at Navan last time, on her first run after a break when she looked very fresh prior to the race.
She was keen to post and looked like she would come on plenty for the race and was third not beaten far behind a consistent sort in Teddy Boy.
The handicapper has left her on the same mark and I think she could come on plenty for that run.
I would keep an eye on her on the way to post but if she can stay calm then she could run a very big race.
5.30 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK MAIDEN 1M (DIV I)
NAWAFETH (9/2) could give Kevin Prendergast another winner on the all weather after a series of excellent performances from his runners here in recent weeks.
This filly has been slightly frustrating in the main. She has been showing promise on the turf and then dropping away towards the end of her races.
I just think that the surface at Dundalk could suit her much better and she could get the pace she needs to be competitive.
She went off at 8/15 on her debut so she must have been showing plenty more at home than she has done on the track so far.
I think the surface will really suit her and she could be far too good for this field.
6.00 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK MAIDEN 1M (DIV II)
While Bluebeards Castle will be the likely favourite and deservedly so he faces an old adversary in FASTNET CROWN (17/2)and with blinkers replacing a visor we might see the form avenged.
Fastnet Crown has caught the eye on a couple of occasions most noticeably at Leopardstown on his penultimate run and at Tipperary last time out.
He got in a world of trouble both times and was left with plenty to do when switched out for a run and then ran on strongly close home.
He is one of the horses I have in my tracker quite a while with the comment a mile plus and he will break his maiden.
He has the perfect drawn here in stall two and Leigh Roche should be able to get him settled and track the pace.
He will be one of those finishing late and fast and hopefully he will have plenty in the tank to see him home in front.
6.30 HANDICAP 1M
This selection is simply from a handicapping perspective and the fact that this horse is simply two well handicapped to ignore and will pop up soon.
KATIYMANN (16/1) will be ridden by ten pound claimer Eamon Fitzgerald and he could get a very good spin.
Katiymann is a course and distance winner off a mark of 86 back in 2017 and finished second around here off 87 in November 2019.
This time around he is rated 76 and with the jockey claiming ten it brings him down to 21lb lower than his last placed mark around here. The one negative is that the horse hasn’t been showing the same spark in recent times but if he was to return to form he is definitely overpriced.
He has been mainly campaigned over seven furlongs recently so the step back up to a mile should suit him better.
Keep a close eye on the market but it wouldn’t surprise me if he ran well.
7.00 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM HANDICAP 1M
This race could see the Michael Halford team land a treble on the night with EYE OF THE DRAGON (5/1) who looks ready to step up on its last run where it got caught close home by Autumn Mist who is also in this race.
Eye Of The Dragon has a two pound pull in the weights for a neck defeat and that should see an overturn in the form. This filly has some in and out form but if she can reproduce anything like the run at Navan where she was fifth behind the likes of Pulsating, No Way Jack and Treble Cone that should be more than enough to see her go close here.
She looked to have put the race to bed in Cork when she led narrowly inside the final furlong but Autumn Mist got back up to deny her in the final strides.
I think she is still learning what the game is about and should be very hard to keep out of the frame here.
7.30 SCAREFEST COMPETITION ON INSTAGRAM HANDICAP 6F
This race is absolutely loaded with early pace and it looks ideally set up for Colin Keane and BREAKFAST CLUB (7/2) to sit off a strong pace and pounce close home.
This horse looks another excellent recruit by James Mc Auley out of the Richard Hannon stable and Breakfast Club quickly repaid the faith shown by new connections when he was successful at Cork.
The run at the Curragh behind A Step Too Far was a disappointing effort but I think the return to the artificial surface could see this horse in a much better light.
He won at Lingfield on his debut for Richard Hannon so at least we know the handles an all weather surface. He is a very strong traveller and Colin should get a lovely lead into the race and be able to catch them all late on.
Will be very hard to beat here.
8.00 STORY OF DUNDALK STADIUM BOOK BUY ONLINE HANDICAP 1M 4F
This is a very competitive handicap to end the night and it is rare you see an Aidan O’Brien runner at double figure odds and it might pay to keep a close eye on EVENING PRIMROSE. (14/1)
She was victorious in Thurles a few weeks ago under Seamie Heffernan and if ye get to watch that race back she looked like she was well beaten before staying on strongly and getting up to win going away.
She hasn’t shown the same form since but the long home straight at Dundalk could be more to her liking. She will need further in time and it wouldn’t surprise me if Wayne Lordan had her close to the pace here. She will likely hit a flat spot before staying on again.
While she may not win she looks a solid each way proposition here and could give us a decent run in the last race on the night.