Friday Night Lights? Surely not the hit Sky Atlantic series about US college football?
Of course not, it was the latest instalment of Dundalk’s evening race calendar
and Tony Keenan was there for us once again making notes of the eyecatchers
and also those that disappointed at…
…Dundalk – Friday, October 12th
7f 2yo Maiden
Pace looked average. Carpathia (got a nice trip on the rail) travelled nicely, even keenly; settled this quickly when getting the run up the rail. Tiger Stripes isn’t worth his mark but might win a maiden; trapped a bit wide for much and carried head to the side; might have improvement in him coming off a break. Veronica Falls finished with running to give, not get clear until the final furlong when coming home well under tender handling. They tried to make it a test on Mordanmijobsworth from the front but he has had his limitations exposed again.
Visually and on the formbook this looked a horrible race and it will be a surprise if there are many well-treated ones from it. Hail Shower at least had potential up in trip based on his early season form and the trainer said she wanted a decent surface. The blinkers looked necessary on Time To Begin and he ran about a bit under pressure while Maudlin Magdalen was little better, head off to the side. Fiftyshadesofred was a bit tight for room and ran on a little but the rest were beaten so far that the assumption has to be they’re useless and/or badly treated; a lot of these were off it 3f out. Cut Me Loose caused some havoc bumping horses early and is looking increasingly tricky.
A poor race full of unpromising types; Rummaging might the be the exception and he got enough to do in rear (pace was average), exaggerated hold-up tactics; came home quite well on the wide outside on his first run since June and would have improvement in him, now handicapped and was deserted by Foley in this race despite strong form claims. Multitasking didn’t get a clear run while Khyber Pass again looked tricky.
7f 2yo Listed
The pace wasn’t great here and Lines Of Battle likely raced in the right position; Tennessee Wildcat has come from rear but showed HC again. The best horse in this is likely to prove Hudson’s Bay; missed the break and raced in last but came home very strongly in the manner of one with whom the penny was only dropping and finished with running to give; Bolger launched a similar type in Trading Leather in a similar race recently so this unusual placing shouldn’t be taken as a knock. Cougar Ridge has become disappointing while Roseraie is out of form.
This was slowly run which was no surprise as there was no predicted pace; the first three all raced on the pace. Parramatta has been in the right place – a good decision from Murtagh to go forward – but has also pissed up, travelled much the best and only really pushed out to win, looks better than these. Coach Bombay and Fairylike have raced in the right positions while Redera is worth marking up; he has come from last and is likely better than this. Bensoon was a bit disappointing though the slow pace may have been against him.
Another slow pace; Prince Of Fire has raced in the right position but he’s totally likeable, an idle sort that does little in the finish and just the type to win again; his trainer does well with his type. Buy Back Bob has come home well from off the pace but is a confirmed dog and the head was high here. Shamooda (potential to improve for this run) went like a stronger pace would suit as did Zalanga, perhaps even more so; he was off it leaving the back. Prospectorous is showing little.
Much the weaker of the two divisions, the pace here looked strong; Brassbound has done it quite well, travelled nicely; both his good runs have come on sound surface and his sire is 25% on the AW from a small sample size. Lady Bennett is likely better over 10f and was making no real impact in the closing stages. Tiffilia made a bit of a move travelling nicely wide across the top but her overall profile isn’t great.
A very poor race with a slow pace; Moo Sahara at least had some potential having shaped well on debut. Urban Ball might improve for the run but would need to. Posh Frock travelled best along the rail but didn’t get a clear run; a 53-rated filly she holds the form down.
Horses to Follow: Veronica Falls, Hudson’s Bay, Parramatta, Redera, Prince Of Fire.
Horses to Oppose: Time To Begin, Maudlin Magdalen, Buy Back Bob.