As we edge ever closer to the festive season we have another excellent card at Dundalk Stadium. We got a couple of winners on the board last week and I am hopeful of a few more this week also. Ronan Whelan has a strong chance of a quick double while Ado Mc Guinness could land the last.
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4.00 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LEADING TRAINER AND JOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP HANDICAP 1M 4F
I was very impressed by MACABAN CITY last time out and he looks like he could follow up here.
Mark Gallagher remains on board and gave him a very confident ride throughout. He got him nicely settled and made his progress out wide and stayed on very strong up the straight to win going away.
I think he has got in here off quite a lenient mark as the handicapper has only raised him five pound. This race will be much more competitive but his trainer was quite bullish that he could even win over a shorter trip if he broke better.
He will most likely slot in here behind the pace and could pick them up close home.
Will be very hard to keep out of the frame.
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4.30 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM MAIDEN (DIV I) 1M
This race is simply all about BEAR STORY and he looks to have a very good chance of breaking his maiden.
He ran a very eye catching race on second start behind the Joseph O’Brien trained Ratib over course and distance and if he can improve off the back of that it should be more than enough.
On his debut he ran well to finish midfield behind subsequent group winner Van Gogh. The form of that race has taken a few knocks but this looks a very winnable assignment. He has a nice draw and Ronan Whelan shouldn’t have many issues.
Should take a world of beating here.
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5.00 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM MAIDEN (DIV II) 1M
It could be a quick double for Ronan Whelan as he teams up with Richard O’Brien aboard his filly UNCHARTED.
Her debut behind Queens Speech trained by Aidan O’Brien wasn’t devoid of ability even though she was well beaten. The winner on the day was very impressive but Uncharted may have been bogged down in the ground and I am very interested to see what she can do on a better surface.
I think the winner on the day is very smart and the filly that finished 13th, Paloise has come out and been placed at Dundalk since.
Her debut should bring her on plenty and I would be keeping a close eye on the market.
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For those of ye who follow my previews on a regular basis you would have seen that I selected MUNFALLET last time out and he returned to form with an excellent third at 25/1.
This time around he has regular partner Ross Coakley back aboard and if he can get him to the front early he could be very hard to catch. This horse likes to set his own fractions and while the draw in stall eleven could make things tricky I expect him to run a very good race.
The handicapper has left him on the same mark of 61 and I was quite surprised by that. He is only two pound higher than his last winning mark and I would expect him to be hard to keep out of the frame here.
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This is probably the trickiest contest of the night to try and dissect but I am going to give GINATO one last chance to get his head in front for Kevin Prendergast and Scott Mc Cullagh.
Scott will be claiming five pound off the horse here and I could see that making all the difference. The horse has been very consistent in his last three runs with Gary Halpin aboard and he has the best of the draw here in stall one and Scott may make plenty of use of him.
He steps back up in trip from six to seven furlongs and that is the distance where his best run came when he finished second beaten a short head behind Baron Wild.
He should be hard to keep out of the frame here.
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HEALYS DOUBLE has been in my tracker quite a while and I think she could finally get her head in front here and break her maiden tag.
She was fifth in a listed race as a two year old in France and then finished second at the Curragh under Colin Keane behind Sendmylovetoyou trained by Michael Halford. The form of that race has worked out well with seven winners coming out of it.
She was unlucky on all weather debut when second to American Lady who went on to finish second in a listed race at Ayr this year. There is no doubt that Healys Double may be hard to train but on form and all known ability she should be extremely hard to beat here.
I would keep a close eye on the market as she is coming off the back of a 287 day break but she still looks one of the main contenders here.
7.00 6F HANDICAP
If the ratings always worked out it would be a very easy game but ALFREDO ARCANO has dropped nicely in the weights since his last victory and could be poised to strike after a very good run last time out.
He is seven pound lower than his last winning mark and the application of a visor for the first time will hopefully make all the difference. He was a winner at this time last year so hopefully he is just coming into form cos he looks extremely well handicapped.
The slight negative may be the wide draw but if Oisin Orr can get him away smartly with the visor then he could be very hard to catch.
He will be my each way NAP of the night as I think he is too well weighted to ignore and should be very hard to keep out of the placings.
7.30 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL HANDICAP 6F
The final race on the card is a very competitive contest but NEVER BACK DOWN has been very consistent around Dundalk in recent weeks and deserves to get his head in front.
His handicap mark has either gone up a pound or down a pound in his last few runs but he has a decent chance here off 68. The interesting thing for me is that connections are dropping him back down to six furlongs. The pace angle doesn’t look overly strong but he could sit prominent and use his stamina close home.
It looks one of the weaker contests that Never Back Down has contested so he should be hard to keep out of the money.