Several of these rivals meet again in what looks an open colts and gelding’s maiden over seven-furlongs to start action at Dundalk on Friday. The Ger Lyons-trained Hale Boop and Feeling Tip Top from Jessica Harrington’s stable will both be popular as jockeys Colin Keane and Shane Foley continue their battle for a championship title. Hale Boop returns from a break after a fourth-place finish behind Military Style at Naas in June, while Feeling Tip Top was second here two weeks ago with Kevin Prendergast’s Bears Hug just behind in third spot.
Mickey The Steel should remain ahead of Business Speak after finishing third and fifth at Fairyhouse just eight days ago, with the Joe Murray-trained horse looking an interesting each-way contender. CHARMED gets the verdict for Joseph O’Brien with the in-form and talented young jockey Dylan Browne McMonagle taking off his valuable 7lbs allowance. The son of Charm Spirit was a good second behind Giorgio Vasari at Naas and ran a creditable race when down the field in the Ballyhane Stakes at the same venue in August. He should represent some value against the Keane and Foley ridden mounts and be knocking on the door for victory in an open looking affair which kicks off the card.
Similar to our opening race at Dundalk, this seven-furlong fillies maiden sees both Colin Keane and Shane Foley with excellent rides for Ger Lyons and Jessica Harrington yet again. Watercolormemories steps up in trip following two second place finishes when turned over as favourite at Navan in early September and will likely appreciate the extra distance with a good draw in stall 3. However, I believe ANNA STRADA has the better form in the book this season and should give Foley a winner over his arch rival in the jockeys’ title.
She finished third to future Debutante Stakes winner Pretty Gorgeous on debut at Bellewstown in July before finishing down the field in the Ballyhane Stakes at Naas in late August. Ger Lyons has a line on her ability after his Amber Kite saw off the Harrington juvenile in a maiden at Gowran Park, before they met again behind Magnanimous in a good Premier Nursery at Cork last month. Magnanimous improved again to win at Listowel for Joseph O’Brien and was recently second in the listed Star Appeal Stakes here last week which is solid form.
SHAWAF has been knocking on the door on several occasions for trainer Damien English with the ex-Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned four-year-old ready to break his maiden at Dundalk this Friday. The son of Mukhadram has been placed three times here at Dundalk previously and ran another solid race when third last week over course and distance off the same mark of 69. Another front-running display looks on the cards under Ronan Whelan from stall 5, with plenty of rivals drawn high including two from the Ado McGuinness stable.
Gavin Ryan takes over on Highly Approved (stall 14) for the McGuinness team while Colin Keane has been booked on stable-mate Never Back Down (stall 16), with any market move for either worth noting. Helen De Pourtales is looking for back to back wins after a staying-on success under Billy Lee here three weeks ago, while Dark Magic is another who can’t be discounted. The Johnny Levins-trained six-year-old has been consistent this season following two victories at Naas and Leopardstown and was second here over course and distance in July.
The lightly-raced TIME AND MONEY caught the eye when staying on for second behind Helen De Pourtales (runs at 6.30pm) when racing here over one mile on his handicap debut three weeks ago. The son of Epaulette had to challenge extremely wide on the near side from off the pace under Shane Foley on that occasion and will certainly appreciate the extra two and a half furlongs this evening. Gavin Ryan takes over the ride tonight and despite going up 3lbs in the ratings can provide trainer Andy Oliver with another recent winner – Make A Promise at Tipperary and Simply True at Killarney were nice winners for his team already this month.
Getgo could be the best of the two Keith Clarke-trained runners but hasn’t been seen since winning here over course and distance last March, while any support for Mithmaar in the betting market for Denis Hogan would be interesting as always. John McConnell is another trainer with two strong chances with both recent winners, Dame Rapide and Blackstone Cliff looking for back-to-back victories. The other McConnell runner, reserve Cliara, could be interesting if gaining a spot in the contest with the 58-rated filly already securing two victories to her name this calendar year.
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