Dundalk 1.30

SIR DANILO is one of the few confirmed front-runners in the field and he could get away from his rivals despite not having the ideal draw.

He came back from a long break to finish a solid fifth here last time and he has winning form over course and distance.

Kinch is another from a tricky stall but he’s in cracking form and dug deep to score last time. A 4lb rise in the weights looks fair.

From a better draw, Dance Alone has had some help from the handicapper and went close here over 6f two starts ago.


AERCLUB is an interesting runner on the level for Henry De Bromhead. He made his debut with a course and distance win in November when looking a nice prospect. He can build on that and clearly goes well fresh.

Flower Garland is the big danger after sauntering home by six lengths here last month. That was on the back of a handicap second and she clearly has talent.

Line Judge stayed on well over 7f when third on debut here 63 days ago and is capable of better.


YUFTEN can bounce back from a rare modest effort here to land win number eight at the track. He takes a real drop in grade into claiming class having won a decent handicap over this trip four runs back. He should be much too strong for these rivals.

Tony The Gent looks the only real danger after going down by a neck in a similar race last time. He will be happier going up in trip against his stablemate.

Pegasus Bridge didn’t go a yard last time but earlier won well over course and distance so could hit the frame.


JULIET ROSE took a big step forward from her debut when a close second here last time out. She relished the step up to this distance and trainer Joseph O’Brien will be disappointed if she doesn’t score.

Dutch Admiral drops down from finishing fourth in Listed company last time and that form is respected.

Haparanda and Unanswered both come from Dermot Weld and look capable of much better than they have shown so far.


TIO ESTEBAN is more than capable of taking this open contest. He won under today’s claiming rider two starts ago and was far from disgraced here last time off this mark. He should give another good account.

Followme Followyou came close to breaking her maiden tag when second here 14 days ago. This trip seems to suit and a 3lb rise in the weights looks pretty fair.

Mithmaar looks best of the race on just his third run. He wasn’t beaten far over a mile here last time.

Dundalk Selections

1.30 Sir Danilo
2.00 Aerclub
3.00 Juliet Rose
3.30 Tio Esteban
4.00 Irradiate (nb)
4.30 Poet’s Pride (tbl)
5.00 Lequinto


IRRADIATE left his winning challenge too late when beaten just over half a length here last time. The handicapper has left his mark alone and he has enough pace to cope with this slightly shorter trip.

Cautious Approach won well here at the end of February and followed up with a close third two weeks ago. His rider takes a valuable 3lb off and that could make all the difference.

Guild pulled hard last time and didn’t get home. He was second a couple of times before that so could figure.


POET’S PRIDE ran his best race for a long time when winning with plenty in hand here last time out. That was over 7f but this shorter trip isn’t an issue and he can cope with a 4lb rise in the weights.

Major Power is going for four wins on the spin around here and is respected despite being more than a stone higher than his first victory.

Those wins were also over further. Fit For Function finished strongly over 5f to snatch third here last week. Going up in distance looks a wise move.


LEQUINTO caught the eye when third on his all-weather debut here last time out. He was green as grass and sent off 40-1 but that didn’t stop him getting with a length of the winner. Any improvement on that could be good enough.

Lady Maura had traffic problems when sixth here latest on the back of a good third from 3lb higher in the weights. She won’t be far away.

Briseuse De Coeur showed improved form in a claimer and could hit the frame.