The customary Dundalk Friday night card takes place at the County Louth track tonight and here are the thoughts of Martin Pennington on the eight race card:
Foot Perfect returns here off a near thirteen month lay-off and on his first outing for new trainer Ger Lyons. He takes a marked drop in grade here having previously been contesting decent handicaps here and on turf in the Summer and Autumn of 2011. On his latest start he was beaten just 2 ¼ lengths by subsequent Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron (Foot Perfect was conceding a pound) with fellow 80+ rated horses Tell The Wind and Duff also finishing in front of the daughter of Footstepsinthesand. Foot Perfect has only run once over this trip and that was here on her penultimate start in October of 2011, sadly the draw wasn’t kind to her and she was drawn in box 14 of 14. A better draw in 1 here and with the very useful Emmet McNamara booked to ride should see her go close.
Joanna Morgan’s Desiderata is one of a number of course winners in this and was successful here over a mile two starts back in a mile nursery under Rory Cleary. Since then the son of Alhaarth has finished a 4 ¾ length fourth of eight over the same trip when partnered by Pat Smullen here two weeks ago. Desiderata has the aid of a tongue tie this time and has the services of Shane Foley in the plate.
The Edward Lynam trained Super Sling is taken to get off the mark at the second time of asking here by seeing off a full field of Maiden’s over the same course and distance that saw him finish third on his debut here just under a month ago. He is again partnered by Wayne Lordan here and should go well.
Golden Shoe was an impressive enough scorer from today’s rivals Suehail and Maundy Money amongst others over seven furlongs here two weeks ago. He steps up a furlong here but there are no stamina concerns with the son of Footstepsinthesand given he was a winner over the trip off a mark of 71 in December whilst he was also placed over it later that month. Kevin Manning was on board for both of those victories and he again takes the ride in this.
Prince Of Fashion showed signs of coming back to form last time out when fourth to Gretzky, although beaten 2 ½ lengths on that occasion he was staying on when hampered inside the final furlong. Prince Of Fashion is already a course and distance winner this all-weather season when successful off a mark of 72 back in November whilst he’s had excuses for his two other runs, firstly when losing his action behind Roe Deer and more recently when the race wasn’t run to suit behind Shake The Bucket. Joseph O’Brien takes over from Pat Smullen and will be having his first ride for trainer John Geoghegan.
Saint By Day is a regular fixture here at Dundalk and although disappointing last time out he’d been fairly consistent prior to that having finished outside the first four just twice in his previous nine starts here including when winning by a head over today’s trip back in September. Saint By Day carries top weight here but is again partnered by regular jockey Shane Foley for the in form Mick Halford yard and is taken to get his career back on track here.
Urban Ball is taken to get off the mark at the eighth time of asking here though is a tentative selection having been a beaten favourite on three of his last four starts. John Oxx’s daughter of Galileo was last seen finishing a 3 ¾ lengths fourth of fourteen to Johann Bach here over 12 furlongs in December. She has a decent draw in seven and Ben Curtis takes the mount for the first time.
A trappy handicap closes the card at Dundalk and I expect the John Nash trained Trans City to go one better than when runner-up to Balmont Flyer here last time out under jockey Wayne Lordan. He’s actually finished behind Balmont Flyer on each of his last two starts having finished third to the same horse at the first meeting of 2013 here a week earlier. He returns here having had a month off and races off the same mark as he did last time out and the son of Trans Island is well drawn in stall one.He