Folks we are back with a fantastic card at Dundalk Stadium on Wednesday and some very interesting runners. I hope ye enjoyed the preview at Fairyhouse on Sunday and the content provided by Kieran and John on the twitter handle @BarOneRacing was superb.
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2.00 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-65)
MAGIC CHARM returns off a pound higher than last time out and looks to have a solid chance of finally getting his head in front.
It was his first attempt at a mile and a quarter last time out and he stayed on strongly close home to finish third to Solar System trained by Leanne Breen. This horse had small issues with being slightly slow away out of the stalls but he was much quicker away last time and was up with the leaders for most of the way.
He is drawn stall seven this time around and the booking of Ronan Whelan catches the eye. I can see him being close to the pace again and he looks to be getting his act together.
He should be very hard to keep out of the frame.
2.30 1m2½f (1m2f150y) Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (Div II) (3yo+ 45-65)
Edward O’Grady looks to have a decent chance in the second division of this handicap with his runner BARE WITH ME who won’t have to improve much to contend.
This will be his fourth run at Dundalk and much like Magic Charm in the first race he is only really getting his act together. He was a very creditable fourth to Chateau Musar last time out when doing all his best work in the closing stages.
He is left on the same mark of 55 here and that looks lenient with the booking of Declan Mc Donagh catching the eye. He is better drawn this time around than he was on his previous two occasions and that could make all the difference.
Keep a close eye on the market but he should go very close.
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3.05 7f Irishinjuredjockeys.com Claiming Race (3yo+)
Tom Madden teams up with Willie Mc Creery here and they look to have a very good chance with likely pacesetter WINDHAM BELLE.
This filly will have blinkers applied for the first time and dropping down into claiming company could do the trick. She ran a very good race at 80/1 last time out when she finished fourth to War Hero over the course and distance. That should be more than enough to see her go very close here.
She will likely have competition for the lead from course regular Togoville but I think if she sits off the pace she should have enough to come through and win.
Will take plenty of beating here and she is my NAP on the card.
3.40 7f Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race (Plus 10 Race) (2yo)
HALE BOPP really impressed me last time out when he was successful at Dundalk and looks a very interesting runner with a tongue tie applied and Sam Ewing on board claiming seven pounds.
He stayed on very well last time out and if he has improved off the back of that he looks like one of the main contenders here. Charmed who finished second to Hale Bopp last time out went on to win on his next run so that improves the form a little.
He has a good draw in stall four and should be hard to keep out of the frame.
4.15 6f Nursery Handicap
Kevin Prendergast has his team in flying form around Dundalk this season and could get another winner on the board here with GINATO.
This horse is seven pound better off with Ablah this time around for a beating of a length and three quarters. Ginato looks to have a better draw this time around and he could finally get his head in front after two second place finishes.
The handicapper has left him on the same mark from his last run and I could see him staying on late to land the spoils.
4.45 6f Irish Racing Fundraiser For Childrens Health Foundation in Memory Of Pat Smullen Handicap
It could be a quick double for Kevin Prendergast and Gary Halpin with SESTRIERE who has caught my eye on a couple of occasions at Dundalk and could be primed to strike from a decent draw.
I am intrigued by this filly and the fact that she is consistent and her mark continues to drop. The handicapper is giving her a chance and she is now down to a mark of 51 which is seventeen pound lower than when she started in nursery handicaps.
The main thing in this race is that she may be able to travel off the pace and come through with a winning run late and fast. Her last run was over seven furlongs but she is back to six here.
Looks like a solid each way proposition and should give is a very good run.
5.15 1m Join Us On Instagram @DundalkStadium Handicap (Div I)
This is somewhat of a speculative selection but I have followed ALHAJJAJ for quite a while now and with Siobhan Rutledge on board claiming seven pounds we could see a much better performance.
He is a course winner over further off a mark eight pounds higher so taking Siobhans claim into account he looks nicely weighted. The fact that he has won over further enhances his chance this time around as he likes to bowl along in front and while recent runs wouldn’t inspire much confidence, he has a nice draw in stall six and he might just get the run of the race.
He has nothing to lose by setting a strong pace and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he stayed in front.
The double figure price will likely remain but he is a small each way play for me.
5.45 1m Join Us On Instagram @DundalkStadium Handicap (Div II)
Much like the first division of this handicap I am going to select one that will be a double figure price based on a formline that I have followed.
WATERVILLE LADY trained by Jessica Harrington was second to Leabaland in Cork back on the 13th of October and that line of form collates nicely into this race. Leabaland has gone and won at Dundalk and also finished second since that. The fourth and the eight placed horses from that race have come out and won since also.
Waterville Lady who is owned by Jessica’s daughter Kate, should improve off the back of her recent run on the all weather and she has also been dropped a pound.
A small each way play again suggested but it wouldn’t surprise me to see her run on into a place.