Folks, we are back with another excellent card at Dundalk Stadium and the pressure is slightly on having failed to get a winner on the board on Monday.
On Wednesdays card the markets suggest that we could see an exciting performance or two so I would be keeping a close eye on the County Louth venue.
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2.15 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM HANDICAP 1M 4F
IRISH POSIEDON put in a very good performance on his first run for new connections and could go very close here up in trip off a pound higher mark.
As I had said before his last run his German form was very solid but whether it would equate was a major question mark. He stayed on strongly over 1m 2f suggesting that a mile and a half should be perfect.
He has won over this distance before in Germany and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Sam Ewing make the running this time around.
He should strip a lot fitter this time around and I think he will take all the beating.
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BLUEBEARDS CASTLE deserves to get his head in front as he has some very consistent form in recent weeks and it will be disappointing if he is not one of the main protagonists here.
The most interesting thing here for me is that Joseph O’Brien has Hugh Horgan on board claiming seven pounds. It looks quite a shrewd move and the horse certainly wont lack from the saddle.
In recent starts he finished behind Vermillion Cliffs and Fastnet Crown respectively and that form looks stronger than other opponents in the field on this occasion.
Looking at the market structure at the moment he is second favourite and I am quite shocked at that. I would have had him much shorter. I don’t think he is the exposed type, he has just been beaten by better horses on the day.
Should go very close here.
3.20 DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN 1M (DIV I)
This market has been decimated by all the money for ISLE OF SARK and there will be no surprise should be dispute favouritism close to the off.
This horse was very impressive in a barrier trial around Dundalk on 29th July when he travelled supremely well in behind for Rory Cleary and quickened up smartly to win going away by three lengths.
On that occasion he was trained by Charles O’Brien and he will now line up for Joseph O’Brien in the colours of the Long Wait Two Partnership who have had success in those colours with Numerian.
He was bought from the Keeneland Sales for 100k and then was subsequently withdrawn from the June Craven Sale this year.
If he produces anything similar to the barrier trial and the market support suggests he will,then he will take all the beating.
3.50 DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM MEDIAN AUCTION MAIDEN 1M (DIV II)
Formerly trained by Gerard Keane MEN OF DREAMS looks an interesting runner for the Glenburnie team of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane.
The fact that Colins dad trained this horse and now it goes to Ger Lyons suggests that this horse could have plenty of ability and a change of scenery may help him. He has contested some very strong maidens with John Shinnick aboard and this time around he drops in grade with champion jockey Colin Keane aboard.
Some of his Curragh form has been well boosted and to finish behind High Definition who is Epsom Derby favourite for next year appeals nicely. Keep a close eye on the market here.
Could go very close.
4.20 HANDICAP 1M (DIV I)
John Mc Connell has his team in excellent form at Dundalk Stadium in recent weeks and looks to have a love contender here in KUDBEGOOD.
This horse was a massive eyecatcher when staying on strongly to finish second at Galway behind Excusio Joe and had Sagittarius Rising back in fifth. Sagittarius Rising went on and won next time out in decent fashion.
Kudbegood was disappointing at the Curragh last time out when finishing down the field behind Tyrions Dream. He was staying on in the closing stages and Dundalk could really suit his staying power up the straight.
He will likely be a double figure price and that will be solid each way value in a tricky handicap.
4.50 HANDICAP 1M (DIV II)
If anyone was watching last Wednesday they may have see plenty of market support come for the Natalia Lupini trained MAGIC CHARM.
This horse blew the start and was always playing catch up but that is what he did. He ran a phenomenal race to get as close as he did and if he can avoid the mishap at the stalls then he could be overpriced here and recoup some of the losses from las time.
He was beaten just over four lengths by Ecliptic Moon on that occasion having been left five lengths at the start. This horse looked like he is still learning and there is no doubt there is improvement to come.
The handicapper has left him off the same mark of 57 and I think that could be lenient.
Will be a solid place contender in this field.
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I have one horse in my tracker quite a while and that is CURSORY EXAM trained by Ger O’Leary and due to be ridden by Ross Coakley.
This horse has one standout piece of form from a Curragh maiden that would make him extremely well handicapped. On the 28th June he finished fourth behind Hudson River, the fifth horse that day was none other than Mac Swiney who has gone on to win the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster.
Cursory Exam hasn’t really backed that form up bit he has still ran some nice races. The draw here is a slight negative as he is out in gate 12 but if Ross can get a position he could finish his race out well. I would keep an eye on the market.
This horse is definitely better than some of his recent runs suggest and it may be that the quicker surface at Dundalk unlocks the key to him.
He was a non runner last week so hopefully we get to see him this time around.
5.50 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LEADING TRAINER AND JOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP HANDICAP 7F
Edward Lynam and Oisin Orr team up with HAZARD in the final race on the card and this horse looks a work in progress and ran a very good race last time out when he finished 4th behind Whatarm.
This time around he will be 9lb better off with the likely market leader and could go very close to avenging that defeat. The one noticeable thing for me is that he got outpaced and then rallied and stayed on strongly. If there is more pace this time around he might be able to travel into it for slightly longer and stay well.
He looks as though he will pick up one of these races in time and I think he could be one to keep a close eye on here.
Will be very hard to keep out of the frame.