Folks we are back at Dundalk Stadium for an excellent card and hopefully we can get a winner or two on the board. Aidan O’Brien sends up some very interesting runners to check out my selections and see if they feature below.
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4.50 IRISH EBF STALLION AUCTION SERIES MAIDEN 5F
LORD GORGEOUS looks the standout here based on form he showed on debut when finishing third behind Tenebrism who looks a very special filly for the Coolmore team.
Lord Gorgeous knew his job and was very professional and stayed on well in the closing stages. With that experience behind him he is likely to be a warm order here.
The other runners in the race will be having their first start on the track and I think that will make all the difference.
Will be very hard to beat for Johnny Murtagh and Ben Coen.
5.20 CLAIMING RACE 1M
This is a tricky puzzle to try and solve but the fact that LEADERSHIP RACE now appears in a claimer suggests that the Lyons team might see this as his best chance of getting his head back in front.
He has some very solid form on the all weather in recent months where he finished behind Alhaazm who won at the track on Sunday last. Leadership Race was in opposition on that occasion and this will be a quick turnaround.
He hasn’t won since a nursery victory back in October 2019 but this is a big drop in grade and it will be no surprise if he has too much for the opposition.
He has placed RPRs of 92 on two occasions around Dundalk and that should be more than enough. Takes all the beating here.
5.50 IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF MAIDEN 1M
This could be a race that throws up plenty of winners in the months to come but the one that catches the eye here is the Aidan O’Brien trained COUNTY WICKLOW.
This War Front colt is superbly bred by Group Two winner Coolmore and he could be the type that we are waxing lyrical about over the summer months.
Aidan O’Brien has unleashed many a good horse around Dundalk with the likes of Hit It A Bomb and Lough Derg standing out for me.
This colt has a lovely draw in stall one and with Seamie Heffernan aboard he could prove hard to beat.
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I have looked at this race for quite a while and the more I look the more of a puzzle it becomes. Conor Maxwell and Pat Martin team up with DESIGNER CAILIN and I think it could be the time to catch her as she looks to be coming into a little bit of form.
She finished fourth at Gowran Park last time out behind Lust For Life who reopposes but she gets an eight pound pull in the weights for three lengths and the fact that she already has experience of the all weather suggests to me she should get much closer to the victor from Gowran Park.
The time before that she was third in a nice race behind Betrayed and Eloso which is not bad form. Eloso has been placed on the grass since so that adds a little substance to it.
She will hopefully be a nice each way price and should be hard to keep out of the frame.
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Rory Cleary and John Mc Connell team up here with course and distance winner BELEAGUERMENT and he could go close here to getting his head back in front.
His last four runs around Dundalk have been off a mark of 60 and the handicapper has given him another chance from the same mark this time around.
He looks to have a better draw this time around than when he finished a closing fourth to Tipperary Moon last time out. He was beaten around three lengths last time and gave the winner 9lbs and this time around only has to give 3lb. That should get him much closer to Tipperary Moon if he can be ridden a little closer to the pace.
He was second to Gormanston the time before and even a reproduction of that form should make him one of the main contenders.
Solid each way chance.
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FOREST OF DREAMS will no doubt improve from his first run of the season at Cork behind Logo Hunter to make him one of the main protagonists in this race.He cost 900k as a yearling and could be the type to turn into a very smart three year old.
He looked to have plenty of stamina at Navan when he broke his maiden beating Coill Avon and Repute and then the bar was set higher on his next run but he ultimately finished last in the Group Two Railway Stakes.
This could be the second winner on the night for the Ballydoyle battalion and they could make it a treble in the last race on the card.
This colt will be hard to keep out of the frame.
7.50 DUNDALKSTADIUM.COM HANDICAP 2M
It could now be the turn of Joseph O’Brien to get a winner on the card as PORT LOCKROY makes a quick reappearance after an excellent run when second behind Getaway Queen on Sunday.
He steps up in trip here and that could be the making of him as he stayed on very strong over a mile and a half at the weekend. He was slowly into stride on Sunday and this longer trip will just give him a little more time to settle and get into a rhythm. Hugh Horgan stays on board and will take seven pounds off his back.
As long as the run doesn’t come too soon he should go very close.
8.20 CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DUNDALK MAIDEN 1M 4F
AMHRAN NA BHFIANN returns from a leg fracture here and while there could be a slight question mark over his fitness he should have far too much class for this field.
He finished third behind Serpentine in the Epsom Derby in 2019 and prior to that he finished fourth in a race at Leopardstown where the form has worked out spectacularly well.
Tiger Moth who was the winner on that occasion went on to finish second in the Melbourne Cup. The second horse Dawn Patrol landed a Group Three while the third was Order Of Australia who went on to win the Breeders Cup Mile.
If Amhran Na Bhfiann is back to any sort of form then this could simply be an easy assignment and he wins as he likes.
He will be a short price. I think he will win but he could be one for a multiple bet on the night.