Another excellent card at Dundalk Stadium folks with some well handicapped runners. We had one winner on the board on Friday night with Catherine Chroi so hopefully a bit better this time.
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3.45 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM MAIDEN (DIV I) 1M 4F
We start off this midweek card with two very competitive divisions of a mile and a half maiden and Joseph O’Brien unleashes a very interesting filly in the first division.
MELLIFEROUS won’t need to be a star to contend here but she is nicely bred and could have a very bright future. She is closely related and Glowing and Glaring so there should be a nice bit of stamina from that pedigree.
She looks nicely weighted here too as she will be receiving weight from the colts.
I would keep a close eye on the market but she could go close here.
4.15 IRISHINJUREDJOCKEYS.COM MAIDEN (DIV II) 1M 4F
Willie Mullins and Colin Keane team up here with SWIFT VERDICT who caught the eye from an unpromising position last time out.
This colt was formerly trained by John Gosden and was beaten at short odds second time out after a very nice introduction at Kempton on debut. He was favourite for his debut for his new yard at floundered in the ground at Gowran Park when it was extremely testing.
The last time we seen him he ran a very interesting race staying on from the back of the field without really getting into contention behind Bluebeards Castle.
I think he may be the value alternative against Dances With Stars considering the likely market leader only ran on Friday.
Swift Verdict will be hard to keep out of the frame here for team Closutton and Colin Keane.
4.45 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK HANDICAP (DIV I) 1M 2F 150Y
Annalise Cullen got a nice tune out of RAGTIME RED last time out and retains the partnership this time around.
She will be claiming a valuable ten pounds off his back and if he can improve off his last run I can see him going very close here.
This horse is a two time course and distance winner off marks of 53 and 54 but he gets in here off 48 and with Annalises claim taken into account he looks one of the main protagonists in this race.
The draw in stall five looks to be the ideal position as she can get handy and hopefully stay on stronger than last time out. Both his victories have come in December and January so effectively this could be the best time to catch him.
Off his current handicap mark he will be tough to keep out of the frame this time around.
5.15 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK HANDICAP (DIV II) 1M 2F 150Y
Just like the first division of this handicap we have a horse who caught the eye last time out and is becoming nicely weighted.
LATCHET trained by Leanne Breen has appeared in my previews on more than one occasion but with Sam Ewing taking seven pound off her back this is the time she hopefully gets her head back in front.
The handicapper has dropped her a pound from her last run where she was slightly one paced in the finish with Kevin Manning on board. I think Latchet needs a true run race to travel into and she may get it this time around as Alhajjah is likely to tear off in front and set it up for the closers.
If you take Sams seven pound claim into the equation Latchet is 19lb lower than her last winning mark.
With luck in running she should go very close here.
5.45 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF AUCTION MAIDEN 1M
While Oh Say looks to have a great chance of finally getting his head in front after some consistent efforts I am rather more interested in the Dermot Weld trained KASANSAY who wasn’t far behind Oh Say when he made his debut back on the 20th November.
Ratib was a nice winner on that occasion but Kasansay should have learned plenty from that run and we should see much more this time around.
This colt is a half brother to Kastasa who showed much more when she was stepped up in trip. In time this horse may need an extended trip to be at his best but I think he could go very close here.
The market will be interesting just in terms of himself and Oh Say.
I think there is plenty of improvement to come and with Colin Keane booked I will be keeping a close eye on him.
6.15 HANDICAP 1M
Anyone who follows my previews on a regular basis will know that KATIYMANN has appeared on more than one occasion.
He is simply too well handicapped to ignore and finally showed a little more like his old self with a very good run last time out when he finished a gallant second to Foreign Legion off the same mark as he resumes on here.
Adam Farragher will be on board this time around and will take another seven pound off his back so if he has come back to life after his last run then he will take plenty of beating here.
This horse was placed off marks in the 80s two seasons ago and he is now effectively in here off mark of 62 with the claim taken into account.
I am hoping everything will fall right for him but this will be his best chance to finally get back into the winners enclosure.
My Nap on the card.
6.45 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @DUNDALKSTADIUM HANDICAP (DIV I) 6F
It could be a good night for Sam Ewing as I think he may get another winner on the board here with the locally trained RED CYMBAL for Anthony Mc Cann.
This will hopefully get a double on the card for the team following Ragtime Red earlier on the card. While he has no win here since January last year this horse comes good at this time of year and looks very interesting with Sam claiming a valuable seven pound off his back.
He won off a mark of 55 and will effectively be in here off a mark of 58. I watched his race back from last time and it looked like it all happened a bit quick when he finished fifth behind our selection Primo Uomo. The pace in that race was ferocious and he might be slightly better at an easier run six furlongs.
He looks to have a solid each way chance in what looks a tricky enough handicap.
7.15 FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @DUNDALKSTADIUM HANDICAP (DIV II) 6F
We finish the card with the second division of this handicap and providing the run doesn’t come too quick after Friday BLASTOFMAGIC looks to have a strong chance of going close again here.
He dwelt and was slow away last time but ran on strongly to snatch third close home and if he can get away on level terms this time he should be hard to beat. Shane Foley stays on board and the handicapper has left him on the same mark so it should be all systems go.
He done well to finish as close as he did on Friday and providing he doesn’t encounter any traffic up the home straight he should go close. While he is likely slightly better over 5f the pace could be strong here and he should get something to aim at.
He will be hopefully staying on when the others have cried enough. Should go close.