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Dundalk – Wednesday
Nap of the day – Reddot Dancer (8.30)
5.30 – Intense Stylist - www.dundalkstadium.com Fillies Claiming Race – Win
Intense Stylist might just have the edge. She is a consistent sort and looks to have a big chance at the weights after fair recent runs at Galway, Fairyhouse and Curragh. The ground will be quicker here and that should suit. Free Running was a good winner on the beach at Laytown last month and ran another big race when fourth to Kadra in a good handicap over the course and distance last time. Palavicini Run landed quite a gamble when a winner at the Curragh a month ago but didn’t do as well when soundly beaten behind Bainne over a longer trip at the same course two weeks ago. She looks a big player here and could be a greater danger than both Set To Fire and Diamond Heart.
Exacta – 6-1
Trifecta – 6-1-2
6.00 – War Secretary - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden – Win
War Secretary is likely to improve on his debut performance at the Curragh in May and might not be far away. He was introduced in what has turned out to be a fair maiden and although well beaten in seventh place behind Van Der Decken, he is almost certain to be a different proposition this time. His 157-day absence is a slight concern and it is also a worry that his trainer sends out three other runners, all newcomers, in the race. It is only a guess that Homesman will prove best of those. Another to consider on his debut is Diarist while De La Vega might improve on her first start behind the promising White Satin Dancer at Leopardstown last weekend and might reach the frame. Liberatio has had two starts on soft ground, both at the Curragh, and he might do better on this quicker surface.
Exacta – 9-1
Trifecta – 9-1-11
6.30 – Dark Alliance - Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Apprentice Handicap – Win
Dark Alliance has done well in a few trips to the track and he looks the one to side with. A winner over six furlongs here close to two years ago, he has won twice on the grass since and ran well when coming from off the pace to finish second here over this distance two weeks ago. Captain Midnight hasn’t run since February but he boasts a fair record here as does Balmont Blast who was running for the first time since March when a beaten favourite in mid-August. Deeds Not Words appears to have attracted plenty of market support overnight and he is respected as a six-time winner while both Sister Slew, a winner here in February and the maiden Approbare are also worth a second look.
Exacta – 1-3
Trifecta – 1-3-7
7.00 – Ice Canyon - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden – Win
Ice Canyon just lost out at the Curragh at the beginning of the month but he is given another chance as he goes back up in trip. He was headed in the closing stages by Holistic Approach and while that one disappointed at Leopardstown last weekend, the form of the race received a boost the third-placed Spirit Of Valor went on to win at Naas. Pennsylvania has had three starts and might not be far away after a fair effort on soft ground at Limerick when runner-up to Saltonstall. He had finished second to Legitimus at Gowran Park previously and certainly looks a bigger threat to the selection than Desert Dancer who had Gorane behind him when second here two weeks ago. Newcomers Barca, Classie and Golden State are three others to note.
Exacta – 8-9
Trifecta – 8-9-11
7.30 – Strategic Force - Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap – Win
Strategic Force is just preferred as he goes back up in trip. He has a little to find with Boxer Dunford on a run here in early September but his performance when third to My Good Brother and Danz Gift later in the same month was a better effort and a kinder draw now could see him go close. Hatton Cross won this race last year and has done well on a number of occasions since and is not without a chance. Mo Henry is a fine consistent sort and ran well when third to One Boy and Doonard Prince over the minimum trip at Navan last time. Also at the top of the handicap, Cappadocia must be considered while Blue Bullet is clearly fancied as he runs for the first time since March. Red All Star is another to note after an improved effort at the Curragh two weeks ago.
Exacta – 2-1
Trifecta – 2-1-3
8.00 – Live Twice - irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap – Win
Live Twice runs in her first handicap and should go well. She was appearing for the first time since July when third to stable companions London and Schubert over the course and distance on Friday night and is entitled to be a little better this time. That was a promising effort and he might have the beating of Appointment Only who made a successful start to his handicap career when a winner over seven furlongs here two weeks ago. He had Murmuration, Yamato, Black Agnes and Spirit Be With You behind him that night and can beat them all again off a 3lbs higher mark. Intrepid Prince ran well on yielding ground at Leopardstown on Sunday and should be suited by this faster ground as he bids for his third win of the season. Mr Ormsby is drawn out wide but he too can be given a chance of sorts as can Rateel who won on good ground at Naas in August and also scored here over a furlong shorter than this back in March.
Exacta – 3-7
Trifecta – 3-7-2
8.30 – Reddot Dancer - Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (Division 1) – Win
Reddot Dancer goes back up in trip for this and looks the bet of the night. He won from the worst of the draws over the course and distance at the end of September and lost little in defeat when third to the well-fancied Luanda over the extended 10 furlongs here two weeks ago. With a clearer run early in the straight he might have finished a little closer that night but he is taken to confirm with the fifth-placed Crossingoz and can also get the better of Creeping Ivy who has shown better form on his last two runs, particularly her effort behind Shake The Bucket from stall 14 here last time. Tap Focus finished just ahead of Creeping Ivy when runner-up over a longer trip at Navan in August and his effort on soft-to-heavy ground at Gowran Park last week is excused. Sixtyfiveroses ran her best race for some time when second to Song Of The Sky over eight furlongs at Navan and it will be interesting to see how she gets on over this longer distance. Dea Dia is yet another to consider on this quick surface.
Exacta – 5-6
Trifecta – 5-6-11
9.00 – New Direction - Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap (Division 2) – Win
New Direction won over this trip at the Curragh two weeks ago and will be a popular choice to follow up. He went up 5lbs for his narrow success on good ground that afternoon and the quick surface will certainly play to his strengths again here. Far more exposed is Shake The Bucket who is chasing a record ninth course success following his success over this distance at the end of last month. He had both Bobskier and Asian Wing behind him that night and will surely go well again. Trissino had Alhellal and Rockview Emperor behind him when runner-up to Reddot Dancer here four weeks ago and he too looks a leading contender. Havelock Ellis is the first reserve but he is respected after an improved run here earlier in the month. A number of his trainer’s runners at the meeting appear to have attracted market support overnight.
Exacta – 7-3
Trifecta – 7-3-10