Dundalk Preview ; Friday March 12th

A good card of racing lies in store at Dundalk

Alan Marron is back to preview another excellent Friday card at Dundalk Stadium.

Folks, we finally got back into the winner’s enclosure last Friday night as we got a double on the board courtesy of Kendred Soul and Jungle Cove. This week we will look to improve on that so check out the selections below. 

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With plenty of pace in the race this will likely play to the strengths of ECCLESIASTICAL for Colin Keane and trainer Tom Mc Court.

This horse really impressed me last time with a battling victory to see off Hodds Girl and, if he improves off the back of that run, he is likely going to be one of the main protagonists here.

The handicapper has raised him five pounds for that win but, if he can show the improvement that I think he will, the weights rise will not be insurmountable. Big Gossey, who was behind him the last time, franked the form on his next run and reopposes here.

If the pace is strong then Ecclesiastical he should be able to travel into it and see them off.

Should take all the beating.




This could produce a quick double on the card for Colin Keane as he teams up with NAKAO for his boss Ger Lyons.

This gelding was bred by Lady Bamford and cost 125,000 guineas as a yearling. It is quite interesting that he is pitched into a claimer first time out but I would be keeping a close eye on the market as he wouldn’t have to show much to be competitive here.

The dam is a half sister to UAE 1000 Guineas winner Siyaadah and there are plenty of US winners in the pedigree.

He looks a very interesting runner for the Glenburnie operation and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go close.

Trainer Ger Lyons has a very interesting runner in Nakao, can he win on debut?




For any of ye who followed my selections on Friday last you would have seen that I was very keen on the chances of KENDRED SOUL in the claimer and she duly obliged.

She steps into handicap company here and I think with Siobhan Rutledge claiming seven pounds she should be hard to beat. The handicapper has put her in here off a mark of 72 and I think that leaves her with a lovely racing weight.

She looks a very uncomplicated filly and she could be quite a shrewd acquisition for the John Feane team as it wouldn’t surprise me if she rattled off a bit of a sequence on the all-weather now that she has got her head in front.

She has a lovely draw in stall eight and Siobhan should have her handy and track the pace.

She will take a world of beating for me if she has shown improvement from last time out.




It could be the Colin Keane and Siobhan Rutledge show if my selections prove to be right as Siobhan looks poised to complete a double on the night aboard THE MOUSE DOCTOR.

This horse was a winner for us on his last start and he has gone up five pounds for that win, where he got the better of Pempie close home. He steps up in grade here and receives over a stone in weight from the four horses higher in the race card.

This race could be extremely tactical as Grandmaster Flash likes to get on with things and it could be a case of come and catch me. The most intriguing thing about The Mouse Doctor for me is the way that he travels – I think this race could really suit him and he has plenty of tactical speed.

Will be hard to keep out of the frame (2 places paid here)




There is one very interesting runner in here for me and that is MUST BE DREAMING who will be ridden by Paddy Harnett.

This filly really caught the eye on her all-weather debut. She was rushed up from the gates to make the running but had to sit back in third as Sharjah got to the front. She travelled really well through the race and, when she went to get her run, she was blocked off inside the final two furlongs and ultimately faded to finish sixth.

That was her first run since August and there is no doubt she will improve off the back of it and we will see a much better performance here.

Sharjah is in here again, and while he will likely make the running, it would be nice to see her get a good toe into the race and then go about her business inside the final furlong and put the race to bed.

The more I watch the replay of her last run the more I think she looks a very decent bet on the night.

She will be very hard to keep out of the frame with luck in running.



7.30 MAIDEN 1M

This is a very competitive maiden for the time of year and one piece of form really stands out. HAMWOOD FLIER for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley ran an absolute cracker on debut when she finished fourth behind Thrumps Dream.

In third on that occasion was My Generation who has subsequently gone on and absolutely bolted up in the Patton Stakes here last Friday. This filly was very quick from the stalls on debut and she travelled lovely in the hands of Tom Madden. She just lacked the tactical speed to contend on debut and I think we will see a much better performance this time around.

She will be in receipt of five pounds from the colts and geldings in the field and I think that could make all the difference.

She will take plenty of beating here and will be my NAP on the night.

Jessica Harrington looks to have another nice filly on her hands with Hamwood Flier, can she get her head in front at the second time of asking?




With many question marks over some of his opponents SAN ANDREAS should take the world of beating here and make it four wins from his last four starts at Dundalk Stadium.

He was very impressive last time when he demolished Confide by an ever-widening five-and-a-half lengths over seven furlongs and he will be stepping back to a mile this time around.

In terms of the opposition, Current Option returns after 160 days off the track and may need the run, while Harry’s Bar is back to Dundalk having run in Riyadh on his latest start.

San Andreas is also in receipt of weight and should take plenty of beating here.

Joseph O’Brien loves a winner at Dundalk, Can San Andreas get another one on the board?




Colin Keane will team up with his dad here with RANGER BOB as he looks to top and tail the card with winners (in my view!). This horse has improved in recent starts and looks sure to go close.

He was second last time out behind Masalai and the handicapper has left him on the same mark which for me looks lenient. This horse likes to travel off a strong pace and do all his best work in the closing stages.

He will need a bit of luck in running up the straight but there is no better man on his back than Colin so I would expect him to go very close.

Keep an eye on the market but he should be hard to beat.

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