Folks, we are back with an excellent Friday night card at Dundalk Stadium for the all weather flat fanatics. The National Hunt brigade will be waxing lyrical about Cheltenham earlier in the day but with a card featuring the Listed Cooley Stakes we mean business.
We had a winner on the board with Irish Poseidon on Wednesday and a couple of unlucky seconds with Kudbegood and Cursory Exam. Hopefully we can improve on that this time around.
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4.00 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF FILLIES MAIDEN 6F
QUEENS CARRIAGE has the extra advantage of experience here and should go very close to breaking her maiden tag.
She has been very consistent in two recent runs and the step up to 6f should suit her. She ran an excellent race to finish fourth behind Frenetic in the Legacy Stakes Listed race at 66/1 and backed that performance up when she finished second last time out over 5f here at Dundalk.
She just got touched off right on the post having led inside the final furlong. This race looks to be weaker than what she has contested recently and should be extremely hard to beat.
4.30 NURSERY HANDICAP 1M
Tom Mc Court runs a very interesting filly here in SPEEDY PIX who caught the eye when she was a running on second behind Cisco Disco at Galway last time on heavy ground.
Watching that race back you will see that this filly came wide around the home bend and it took her a couple of strides to get herself balanced and she ran on strongly up the straight.
She steps up in trip here and if she can improve off the back of that run then I can see her going very close. This filly has one slight tendency to be slowly away so if Danny Sheehy can get her into a nice position she will be staying on strongly close home.
5.00 APPRENTICE HANDICAP 1M
Dylan Browne Mc Monagle has had a fantastic season this year and he could get another winner on the board here with the Edward Harty trained MACOCHA.
Dylan was on board this filly when she finished third last time out on her all weather debut in a race that has worked out very well. This filly looks like she has plenty of growing to do and is not the finished article.
The step up to a mile is sure to suit as over seven furlongs last time out she was staying on strongly but only at the one pace. In terms of the form, Jack Berry House who finished second has been second again since while the fourth Eglish, the sixth Everyhouronthehour and the ninth Jackmel have all come out and won since.
I am actually a bit surprised that the handicapper has dropped this filly two pounds. She is unexposed and could potentially be much better than a mark of 60.
Keep a close eye on the market to see what is expected.
5.30 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF COOLEY FILLIES AND MARES LISTED STAKES 1M
The feature on the night with over 47k to the winner and one of the UK raiders here UMMALNAR trained by William Haggas looks the standout on form.
She really impressed me back in July 2019 at Ascot when she won by four lengths under Tom Marquand. The form of that race has worked out nicely and I was expected plenty of progression from her this season.
She got her season underway at Newmarket and to be honest watching her through the race you can see she was slightly off the pace. She was niggled along and just never went forward for some reason.
Last time out she ran a much better race at Lingfield on the all weather behind Indie Angel and Lavenders Blue in the Fleur De Lys Fillies Listed Stakes. That was much better from her and the fact that William Haggas is keeping her on the all weather and against fillies and mares suggests to me he expects a bit run.
Chris Hayes will be on board and I think she will take all the beating if she has improved off the back of the Lingfield performance.
6.00 HANDICAP 1M 4F
This is one race that really interests me after the fact that BLUEBEARDS CASTLE only ran in a maiden on Wednesday evening.
He steps up in trip here and with Hugh Horgan claiming seven off his back he looks an interesting contender on what he has shown so far.
Going into the first bend on Wednesday he got chopped for room and got pushed back. He made no impression from then on and ultimately finished seven under tender handling.
This will be his first handicap and he gets in here off a mark of 79, he was unlucky not to have already broken his maiden tag and he looks like he has improvement in him off that mark.
His second to Vermillion Cliffs and third to Fastnet Crown are still strong pieces of form on the all weather in recent weeks and Joseph obviously thinks there is more improvement to come up in trip.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see this horse over a hurdle in time, but I will take as chance that we can right off the run on Wednesday and he can show his true form this time around.
6.30 HANDICAP 1M 4F
WILD SHOT is two pound lower than his last winning mark around Dundalk and while he hasn’t been in the best of form it wouldn’t surprise me to see a better performance this time around.
His turf form in recent months has been a bit in and out and I would simply put that down to the ground not suiting. This horse is a five time winner on the all weather at Dundalk so it looks to be as if he is better on the artificial surface.
Connections have Oisin Orr back on board and Oisin knows this horse well having been on his back for three successive victories in 2019.
This looks a typical competitive handicap but Wild Shot may fly slightly under the radar in terms of the odds and he could go well at a big price.
7.00 HANDICAP 1M 2F (DIV I)
The final two races on the card will tie in with the same piece of form. ROMANN stayed on strongly to get up close home and beat King Lenox who runs in the 7.30 race and back in third was Irish Poseidon who franked the form by winning on Wednesday afternoon.
Romann has gone up 3lb for that victory last time out and this race looks much weaker and he should be able to follow up under Conor Hoban. He travelled well and quickened nicely when asked and just got up in the final stride to deny King Lenox.
This horse hadn’t shown much prior to his victory last time out and now that he has got his head in front he could be hard to pass this time around.
7.30 HANDICAP 1M 2F (DIV II)
It will be up to KING LENOX in the final race on the night to frank the form and make it three winners from three with Romann and Irish Poseidon having done their bit.
The William Ross team were in the winners enclosure on Wednesday with Everyhouronthehour and with the team in form I expect King Lenox to go very close.
The handicapper has left him on the same mark and with Ronan Whelan on board he looks to be one of the main protagonists. This will be his third run for the yard since been acquired from the stable of Nigel Tinkler in the UK.
He had shown a modicum of ability across the water and he may have taken time to get settled in here.
Will be hard to keep out of the frame.