We start our nights previews with a seven furlong auction maiden.
Ruby Gates looks the obvious market leader here after finishing second over a mile here two weeks ago; she was staying on well on that occasion so the drop back to this trip looks hugely beneficial.
Set To Fire returns back to maiden company after a couple of attempts in nursery handicaps where she wasn’t disgraced; she is another who seemed to of struggled over an extra furlong so this also looks her ideal trip.
Midnitemudcrabs showed some ability in the UK on this surface but she is probably best watched here for new connections.
Cresendo has a very long layoff to deal with and also takes to this surface for the first time; he is very well bred and he has to be better than his two races so far on the turf and looks one to be on for E/W value.
Keytotheoperation is another well bred colt and defiantly worth noting if money comes for him in the market.
Michael Browne’s Sofi’s Spirit looks the likely favourite in this low handicap contest, she has been showing a good level of form of late here at Dundalk and has improved on each of her runs which saw her go close two weeks ago when going behind by one and a quarter lengths when off a mark of 54. She will come into this without a penalty and will once more get the services of Seamie Heffernan.
Her main rivals look to come in Times in Anatefka and Sweetie Jar with the latter showing a good level of consistency finishing runner up on her last two starts here at Dundalk.,With Sweetie Jar being raised 5lb, the selection Sofi’s Spirit should benefit from dropping back to six furlongs this evening.
Sofis Spirit (WIN)
A field of five currently line up for this six furlong sprint.
Yuften makes his belated debut for new trainer Johnny Murtagh after leaving William Haggas’ yard last year; he had a cracking run at York last time out but has never been tried on this surface or distance in the past so question marks are raised all around.
The youngster of the field Al Mohalhal is another making his debut on this surface but he was eased down in what looked a competitive field last year and will probably benifit for this run tonight.
Russian Soul couldn’t repeat his last performance over course and distance in an AW championship Qualifier two weeks ago but that could of just been beyond his at this stage of life and this looks more suited company tonight.
The selection though goes to Togoville; he finished half a length behind Russian Soul over course and distance three weeks ago and is now weighted to reverse that today.
Jessica Harrington’s son of Lope De Vega Mulligatawny sets a good standard after his fourth on debut at Leopardstown at the back end of last season. He will be making his all weather debut this evening and if recapturing his turf form when staying on in the closing stages he should e hard to beat here.
Main danger looks likely to come from Dermot Weld’s Whiskey Zulu who has not been seen for almost nine months when finishing runner up over tonight’s index going behind by half a length. Being by Canford Cliffs a stiff mile around Dundalk should play into his favour here, but could struggle to overcome the favourite here.
Fourteen should go to post for this one mile apprentice handicap especially as there are currently three reserves which none would seem to make the frame even if entered.
Double Fast has been hugely disappointing since taking to this surface as his turf form was somewhat better then anything he’s shown to date, i really like this horse but until he makes some head way he’ll have to be dismissed for this today.
Elusive In Paris loves it around here and has won a few times in the past but his last win was thirteen months ago and even though he’s weighted to go well others look a better option.
No Way Jack was knocking at the door at the end of last year when finishing seventh over course and distance; he probably needed a rest so the ninety days off he’s has should of been beneficial and that puts him on the shortlist.
Danquest looks suited to further these days so its a surprise seeing him return to this distance after being tailed off at the last time of trying.
Pushingmypatience ran a cracking race last time out in what looked a lot better company than he faces here today; he would of needed that run last time out and should strip fitter for this today.
No Way Jack (E/W if 9/2+)
Mick Halford’s Hat Alnasar has already won over tonight’s index and at 7f when beating Split The Atom by a head two weeks ago when conceding 5lb at the weights. He will have to concede another 2lb here and the form should on that note give the chance of the selection in Split The Atom.
Patrick Shanahan four year was seen at the beginning of the year winning over sprint trips, he looks ready to step up to this trip after some good efforts this season and last over 7f, with the weight significance over the likely favourite I would just favour to reverse the form this time around.
Split The Atom (WIN)
We end the night with a twelve furlong handicap.
Temasek Star seeks at hat-trick of course and distance wins here tonight but in my opinion he will struggle to do that as he only just won by a short head last time out, so his six pound rise looks a sure bet to pull him back down the field.
Winter Hills knows what it takes to win around here and did so over course and distance last month, he maybe the old boy in the field but dismiss him at your peril as he’ll make this a good race.
The JP McManus horse Whatever It Takes has become a regular around here recently and currently looks to be at a winning mark once again; he won by over four lengths back in October and at his current prices to a good E/W prospect.
Dew Line is another interesting one to note; he makes his polytrack debut but has been in good form on the turf at the end of last year and if he shows any of that here today he is possibly very dangerous off his current mark.
All Body And Soul won a stiff maiden last time out and even though this looks a fair bit tougher he may be one to keep an eye on for the future and it shouldn’t be to long before he starts winning in this company.
Whatever It Takes (E/W if 9/2+)
Dew Line (E/W)