Dundalk Preview : Monday February 1st

Alan Marron is back to preview another card at Dundalk Stadium on Monday.

We are back at Dundalk Stadium on Monday with an excellent card folks. We just had one winner on Friday night and will hopefully improve off that. Keep an eye on the market folks.


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After its debut I was very interested to see when MELLIFEROUS would run again and she looks like one of the main contenders here even though she drops down in trip.

She showed plenty of pace last time before dropping back on the turn into the straight and then staying on strongly again once the penny dropped.

There is no doubt she will improve from first to second run as many of Joseph O’Briens tend to do so. If you watch her debut you will see she was caught behind a horse that was weakening and just in the wrong position.

If she gets a clearer passage this time around then she should be hard to beat.




A very competitive handicap and even though the draw hasn’t been kind MACABAN CITY could still be nicely weighted off two pounds higher than his last run here just over 10 days ago.

Mark Gallagher made up plenty of ground on around three furlongs out and I think if he had to hold onto him a little longer and come with one run down the outside he would have won going away.

He was beaten a nose and a head and I think that performance can be upgraded. He will likely be held up at the back of the field this time around and hopefully make his challenge out wide.

He is a solid each way play in this race and should go close.




On what was her first run since September PINEAPPLE EXPRESS really caught the eye last time out when she stayed on to finish second behind Storm Elza.

She was unlucky inside the final furlong when she was short of room and then ran on strongly once the gap appeared. She has been raised two pound for that run and she will no doubt improve off the back of her last run and looks one of the main protagonists in this race.

She is relatively lightly raced for a four year old and if the step up in trip is in her favour then she will be hard to keep out of the frame this time around.




Gordon Elliott has his team in flying form and is fresh from landing the Thyestes at Gowran Park on Thursday with Coko Beach.

CATHERINE CHROI is his representative here and she looks to have every chance of following up her victory from last time out under jockey Sam Ewing.

The second and third horses have both been placed since so the form has a solid look to it. The one slight issue is that she went forward on her last run and may struggle to get near the front from a poor draw in stall eleven.

It doesn’t look the strongest race and Sam might just sit off the pace and bide his time with her. The four pound rise that she got doesn’t look insurmountable.

She will be very hard to beat if she has improved for getting her head in front.




This race looks ideally set up for MASALAI and I am hoping that he can finally get back into the winners enclosure for the first time since October 2019.

In terms of his overall form he has been very consistent over a variety of trips but seven furlongs could be the key to him and that is the trip that he will race over this time around.

The last time we seen him over seven furlongs was when he finished third behind Major Power off a 9lb higher mark than he will contend off here. He needs a strong pace to travel into and I think there looks to be plenty of pace in this race.

There will be no doubting his stamina so Conor Hoban should be able to let him go and win his race inside the final furlong.

Will take plenty of beating here.





The second division of this handicap looks slightly trickier but GATSBY CAP looks an interesting runner on his second run for his new stable.

This horse was formerly trained by the Stacks and was a course winner off a mark of 54 back in 2019. He will be three pound higher this time around but he showed a return to form when he stayed on to finish fourth in the race where Masalai was second.

If Masalai can frank the form in the previous race then it all points to a prominent run from Gatsby Cap.

He has a decent draw in stall eight and should be hard to keep out of the frame under Chris Hayes.



5.55 MAIDEN 6F

Not much to say about this race only it looks extremely difficult to oppose likely favourite SHACKLETON HERO.

He has been unlucky not to have broken his maiden before now and wont get a better opportunity than this. He was second to both Chicago Bear and Zozimus on his last two runs and on that form it should be more than enough to see him come home in front.

He will likely be a short price so it will be more of a watching race than a punting one. If you were looking to have a play in the race I would take a look at the distance market.

He could make all and win impressively. Very hard to beat here.




SABRINA FAIRCHILD really impressed me with her manner of victory on Friday night last and looks difficult to oppose under a penalty.

Her trainer Sarah Lynam is 4-4 in the last fourteen days so has her team in flying form. The one thing about this race is that Sabrina Fairchild will be looking for a strong pace to take her into the race and she should get that from Slade Runner who went forward when successful last time out.

Sabrina Fairchild has posted two very consistent times in her last two victories and should have more than enough to see this field off under Shane Crosse.

Will take all the beating here.

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