Conditions right for 'Rose' to bloom for Casey at Dundalk
Rose Angel is napped to finally get back to winning ways for Peter Casey at Dundalk tonight.
Over the course of a year up to November 2014, Rose Angel won three times here over a mile off marks of between 58 and 63. She then lost her way for a bit, but her last couple of starts have been far more encouraging.
Over an inadequate seven furlongs last week, she had her run checked in the straight before keeping on well to be second to the facile winner, Tribal Path. Daniel Redmond's mount wouldn't have won either way, but she would have got closer to the winner than she did.
Rose Angel has been dropped a pound to a mark of 60 this evening, which makes her really appealing now that she steps back up to her optimum trip in the second division of the mile handicap. With Redmond taking a further seven pounds off her back, she has lots going for her.
Go Kart, Patrick Prendergast's only runner on the card, is fancied to record back-to-back wins in the six-furlong conditions race.
The pacey Intense Focus filly has been deeply progressive, winning twice and finishing in the first three on three other occasions in six starts since making her debut in August.
She scored with a touch of flair here for Robbie Downey over five furlongs in December, and has still to prove that she is equally effective over this trip. In what isn't a great race, though, she warrants the benefit of the doubt on that issue.
In a similarly moderate maiden that gets proceedings under way, a chance is taken on Alan Fleming's bumper winner Investmentsuccess making a successful switch to the Flat under Billy Lee. Aidan O'Brien's Belong is the one to beat, but Investmentsuccess has a bit of quality, so he could be dangerous here over 12 furlongs.
The first division of the mile handicap could go the way of Mick Halford's Skerray Rules.
A winner here off a mark of 53 in the autumn, Conor Hoban's mount has been placed three times since then. If she runs to form here, so should go very close, as it is another poor affair.
In the six-furlong handicap, course regular Kimbay has ticks in all the right boxes for Noel Lawlor and Rory Cleary.