We are back at Dundalk Stadium on Wednesday with a cracking card as we look to improve on the couple of winners we got on Friday last. Uncharted was impressive while Bear Story did what he had to do to justify favoritism. My selections contain a couple of well handicapped horses while we also have a maiden who ran a very good race in a barrier trial. We will hopefully get a couple of winners on the board.
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2.05 5f Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap (45-65)
Denis Hogan who was back in the saddle to ride a winner at Catterick on Tuesday has a very strong chance of getting a winner on the board here with GREAT MIDGE who drops down to the minimum trip.
This horse was formerly trained by Henry Candy in the UK and is starting to show some very consistent form. I am very interested in this horse primarily due to the fact it drops down to 5f on the all weather for the first time. I have watched him in his last couple of races and he has travelled very strongly throughout and challenged inside the final furlong on both occasions. Paddy Harnett is on board here claiming seven pounds and that could make all the difference and see him go very close.
On all known form he will be hard to keep out of the frame from a good draw.
2.40 1m4f Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Maiden (3yo+)
For those of ye who follow my preview on a regular basis you would have seen that I was very sweet on the chances QUAMINO on his last run when he made his debut at Dundalk.
He caught my eye from off the pace staying on well up along the inside rail and looked like he could improve for the run. He is a chaser by trade but looked like he could land a maiden when he finished fourth last time out.
This race looks slightly weaker than what he contested and while he may have future plans over jumps I will be keeping a close eye on the market to see what is expected.
Looks to have a solid each way chance here.
3.15 1m4f Join Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Handicap (Div I) (3yo+ 45-75)
Michael Halford and Ronan Whelan are a force to be reckoned with around Dundalk and could get back into the winners enclosure here with SIENNA LADY.
This filly has been raised a pound since her neck second to Pachmena last time out and if she can improve off the back of that then she will go very close. She steps up to 1m 4f for the first time and that could unlock the key to success for a team in flying form. She will be getting plenty of weight from her market rivals and that will increase her chance even more.
Last time out she raced a little free so if Ronan can get her settled we could see a much better performance.
She will be hard to beat with normal improvement up in trip.
3.45 1m. 4f. Join Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Handicap (45-75) (DIV II)
Noel Meade teams up with Colin Keane here and they look to have a strong chance with CRASSUS who was successful over hurdles last time out.
This horse won a three year old maiden hurdle beating the Joseph O’Brien Palm Beach by a length and a half at Limerick. His juvenile form had been good over hurdles prior to that with second placed finishes behind Glorious Zoff and Duffle Coat who are good yardsticks for Gordon Elliott.
It took Crassus a while to get his head in front over hurdles but the fact that Colin Keane is booked here a big run is expected. Colin has ridden this horse on three occasions previously so he knows him and should get him settled and into a rhythm.
He will be very hard to keep out of the frame here on a surface that will suit.
4.15 2m Find Us On Facebook @dundalkstadium Handicap (45-75)
Siobhan Rutledge and John Mc Connell have had a very profitable winter at Dundalk Stadium and could go close here with DAME RAPIDE who has a hood applied for the first time.
This filly has been very consistent on the all weather and the addition of the hood could just eke out a little more improvement . She continues to edge up the handicap but she tries the longer trip for the first time and looks like she could get it no problem going on her previous victories around Dundalk.
She is a pound higher than her last run when she was quite free throughout the race.
I think if she can settle a bit better she will finish off her race and give her followers a good run for their money.
4.45 1m. Flat 2-y-o Maiden
I was very sweet on the chances of CATENA ZAPATA last time out after watching a barrier trial where this colt finished second and the form worked out very well.
This colt was out very wide on his debut and just didn’t have the pace to contend up the straight. He will have come on plenty from that run and he wont have to improve much to contend. Billy Lee who was on board last time out is on board again here and with a better draw he should be able to slot in and get a handy position.
The two main contenders in the race look very exposed so I would be keeping an eye on Catena Zapata as regards market movement but I expect him to run very well.
5.15 1m Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Apprentice Rated Race
FAAKHIRAH caught the eye when staying on over seven furlongs last time out at the Co. Louth venue and could improve again with the step up in trip likely to suit.
This filly was formerly trained by Saeed Bin Suroor and looks a shrewd acquisition by Ado Mc Guinness. Her debut for her new stable wasn’t devoid of ability when fourth in a very good fillies handicap behind Acquiescent. She improved off the back of that to finish third to Pulse Of Shanghai and that form looks very strong in terms of this race.
Cian Mac Redmond has proved to be a vital cog in the wheel of his retained yard in recent weeks and has a good chance to get another winner on the board.
She will be very hard to beat and will be my NAP on the day.
5.45 7f Follow Us On Twitter @DundalkStadium Handicap (45-65)
Pat Martin and his team have been in good form in recent weeks and we could see INDIANA GREY back in the winners enclosure this time around as she looks like she will get a strong pace to aim at.
She is a course and distance winner but has gone up to a mark of 59 which is nine pound higher than her last winning mark. I think if she can track the pace she could stay on far too strong for the opposition and should prove hard to beat. The overnight market leader Tynamite likes to come off a strong pace so it may turn tactical.
I am of the opinion that Indiana Grey may have more tactical speed and looks to have a slightly better draw.
Will be very hard to beat here.