The opener on the all-weather over in Ireland sees a total of fourteen runners set to line up for this maiden contest where the Joseph O’Brien trained Charmed looks the likely favourite. Despite the fact he’s produced some encouraging efforts, placing in three of his five career starts so far, I feel he’s worth taking on as having had so many attempts to shake off his maiden tag he seems reluctant to see out his races.
Centuron went much better on his second run when fourth at The Curragh just one place behind the aforementioned favourite and they renew their rivalry again here. There wasn’t much between the pair that day and with less mileage on the clock he’s the one I fear most however his only start on the all-weather produced a very poor attempt and as such I’m forced to look elsewhere.
The one I find myself siding with hails from the yard of Mark Halford. LION RING is making his third start after consistent performances over six furlongs here at Dundalk. A drop in trip down to five furlongs looks a very promising step and should suit his running style. Likely to be up near the pace and despite the less advantageous draw he should make the frame.
This ultra competitive looking handicap looks very hard to decipher but I’m plumping for a former course and distance winner who hasn’t won on the all-weather in twenty starts. Due to his lack of recent all-weather victories AMAZING ONE now sits on a very attractive handicap mark (8lbs below his last all-weather success) He showed signs that a decent run is imminent after two solid performances over this course and distance in the past few months. He’s been given a decent draw in stall one and at a current double figure price looks to hold a great each way chance.
The consistent Tyrconnell and Iseebreeze hold obvious chances and look best of the rest.
The penultimate race on the card sees another fourteen runner handicap where only six of the entrants have tasted success before. Only 10 victories from a collective total of 223 runs between all competitors shows just how poor a standard this race looks. That being said however it makes it no easier to try and pinpoint the winner.
Linus Larrabee and Praying Mantis both claimed places in their latest runs and look likely to mount a similar challenge this time around. That being said six year old CEASAR’S COMET may have finished fifth last time out but was less than two lengths behind the winner here at Dundalk. A step back up to seven furlongs which he has won at before looks a positive move and with him carrying less weight than his highest winning mark deserves a shot at a big price.
CEASAR’S COMET written by Rory Paddock