Bashkirov can keep up winning ways
The second meeting of the new Flat season at Dundalk tonight is backed by Attheraces, with the featured Barry Geraghty Handicap attracting a tidy field headed by course specialists Mid Mon Lady and Bashkirov.
While the match-fitness of top weight Mid Mon Lady has to be taken on trust, the well-bred Bashkirov Bashkirov has been faring well for owner-trainer Luke Comer since being purchased from Ballydoyle and could make it four wins from his last five starts on his favourite surface under claimer Tim Carroll.
Outings on similar all-weather surfaces at Wolverhampton and Kempton Park during the winter months point to both Joe Quinn's Matjar and Sovento as candidates to likewise collect in other handicaps.
Successful over nine furlongs at Wolverhampton last month, Matjar may not be unduly compromised by the shorter trip in the opener. Fifth in late November at Kempton, Sovento returned to that venue the following month and filled the runner-up spot to indicate there was more in store.
Dermot Weld brings Brushed Aside and Sublime Talent to this session in search of better reward after some near misses in maiden company last year. While Sublime Talent with Pat Smullen may not quite match up to Eddie Lynam's Parabola in the finale, blinkers could prove of benefit to Brushed Aside, also with Smullen aboard, as she tackles Blue Dahlia and Anna Montana in the ATR Festival Focus Fillies Maiden.