Dundalk 7:35 – Turbine 10/11
Mark Johnston’s runner Turbine makes the long trip to Dundalk in search of a second win from three. After a debut success at Wolverhampton he followed that up with another promising run in a decent Class 2 fast track qualifier at Lingfield. Joe Fanning’s booking is another positive and in what looks to be a match bet between the two I fully expect Johnston’s runner to improve and be too strong for the likely danger, Mick Halford’s Roman Impero.
Dundalk 7:05 – Shalaman 5/4
A weak race on paper in which Shalaman should dominate. He brings some really good form to the table including a 4th at Lingfield finishing just behind Grendisar (rated 109), Complicit (rated 108) and Tryster (rated 112) which on the face of it is miles better than the form shown by some of his regressive rivals. The key to his success tonight clearly lies in the trip. With winning form at 1m 4f this is his first crack at 2m but with a strike rate of 33 percent at this course he can prove too good for the rest and be away before the stamina needs to kick in. Having never ridden him before the booking of Champion jockey Pat Smullen is a massive plus and Shalaman gets our vote to take the spoils on his second outing for David Marnane.
A £10 Double on the NAP and Next Best pays £43
Each Way Single
Dundalk 6:35 – An Saighdiur 18/1
This looks like a race in which the handicapper might just have got wrong. On the face of it finishing 11th of 12 runners on his last run looks like a poor effort but An Saighdiur goes into this 10lb better off than that race and he was only beaten by 4.5 lengths in a muddling affair. He was coming to press the leaders that day but struggled with the pace over the final furlong and weakened out of it. With the drop back down to 6f looking positive and a big price of 14/1 Andrew Slattery’s runner is definitely worth an each way bet.