Folks, we are back with another excellent card at Dundalk Stadium with some of our old favourites along with some unexposed performers.
We had two nice winners last Friday night when Nawafeth and Fastnet Crown were victorious and we will be looking to improve on that this time around.
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2.05 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK CLAIMING RACE 6F
Edward Lynam and Dylan Browne Mc Monagle team up with EARLS here and he looks the one they all have to beat.
He was impressive in a recent victory at Fairyhouse on heavy ground when he had the consistent Glow Worm back in second. Anyone who was watching the Curragh Monday would have seen Glow Worm in action finishing second to the Colin Keane ridden Pretty Boy Floyd.
Earls travelled really well on the softer conditions at Fairyhouse last time and one question mark may be the return to the all weather. For me it wont be an issue at all as he is a good ground winner at Sligo and has run well on the all weather before over seven furlongs.
He looks like a horse who relishes six furlongs and will be extremely hard to beat here on all known form.
He is the type of horse that could someone plenty of fun around Dundalk in the months ahead.
2.35 NURSERY HANDICAP 6F
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 Dean Curran who will claim ten pounds.
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 Group One 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 15 but if Dean 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.
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This race is simply all about the Michael Halford trained EDIYVA for me.
She hasn’t been out of the first four in her four starts to date and this looks her best chance at breaking her maiden tag.
She was unlucky at Roscommon on her penultimate run and then last time out at Tipperary I think she was just beaten by a good one on the day in Haifa.
That form has worked out really well as Ediyva was a couple of lengths clear of Bluebeards Castle in third and Fastnet Crown back in fourth. Bluebeards Castle has been consistent around Dundalk in recent weeks and deserves to break his maiden while Fastnet Crown franked that form in no uncertain terms when winning well last Friday night.
With Donagh O’Connor on board I think he will be able to wait on this filly and let her take him into the race.
I think she will be very hard to beat and will be NAP of the day.
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It could be a quick double on the card for the Michael Halford team with the Godolphin owned HIEROGLYPHIC who will look to improve on her fourth place finish here last time.
The trainer has added cheekpieces to try and eke out that little bit of extra improvement and for me it might make all the difference.
This filly has some solid form on the all weather having not finished out of the first four in three runs here and the handicapper has left her on the same mark of 72.
With Ronan Whelan on board this time around I can see him jumping handy and being close to the pace.
If she can improve off that last run then she will be very hard to keep out of the frame again.
4.05 DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM HANDICAP (DIV I) 1M
This race is an absolute minefield to try and dissect but the market may give all the clues overnight.
RED SOLE DIVA will have her first run for Willie Mc Creery and Billy Lee and she could be one to keep a very close eye on.
She made her debut here at Dundalk for Joseph O’Brien and finished sixth of twelve. Even though she hasn’t run since July 2019 she looks unexposed and could be the one to find the most improvement if she is fit enough. The handicapper has given her a chance by letting her run off a mark of 58 which is two pound lower than her turf mark.
The last time we seen her she ran a very promising race at Leopardstown getting caught for some room before running on strongly.
With some luck in running here she could go well at a decent price.
4.35 DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM HANDICAP (DIV II) 1M
The second division of this handicap looks a little easier to solve and it should be all about KINCH trained by Johnny Levins.
This horse is a model of consistency around Dundalk and ran a cracker behind Scherzando last time out when he got himself in all sorts of trouble behind horses and there is no doubt for me if he had to get out sooner he would have won.
He returns here off a mark of 62 which is three pound higher than his last winning mark but I think he should be able to be competitive here. Scherzando went and won next time out before unfortunately being pulled up on his next run where he went wrong.
The pace to this race will be key and I think Donagh O’Connor will be looking to be closer to the pace and get this horse rolling sooner.
That makes the form look solid and to me Kinch will take plenty of beating.
5.05 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM HANDICAP 1M 2F (DIV I)
IRISH POSEIDON looks a very intriguing runner for the Matthew Smyth team off the back of some very good German form but the main question is how it will equate over here.
This horse has ran sixteen times in his career so far and has only finished out of the first four on two occasions. At the start of his career he had the likes of Chez Hans and Secret Potion in behind him who are now trained by Paul Nicholls over hurdles.
This horse has been impressive in recent victories in Germany and I will be paying close attention to the market as he could slip in under the radar here off a mark of 60 and Sam Ewing on board claiming seven.
5.35 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM HANDICAP 1M 2F (DIV II)
We finish the card with the second division of this handicap and the trainer in form over the last couple of weeks at Dundalk is surely Kevin Prendergast.
His runner here ERYTHEIA could improve for the surface and she has some solid form including a very good run at Leopardstown last time out.
Both Treble Cone and Adamaris who were in opposition from Leopardstown have since run well at Dundalk. Erytheia was doing all her best work at the finish and while drawn stall twelve this time around won’t help, she should be able to get a nice position and come home late and fast under Chris Hayes.
A handicap mark of 60 may just underestimate her ability and she could be one to watch in the next few weeks.
There will surely be a handicap in her off that mark and hopefully it is this time around.