Sunday 4 December 2016

Downey can steer Go Kart to victory around Dundalk

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Go Kart is tipped to win at Dundalk tonight
Go Kart is tipped to win at Dundalk tonight

Patrick Prendergast has just a few weeks to match last year's personal best tally of 15 calendar year winners, and Go Kart is tipped to get him one of the three required at Dundalk tonight.

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The Curragh handler also has a chance with Pincode in the concluding handicap, but Go Kart appeals as nap material in the juveniles' conditions race at the top of the card. Robbie Downey's mount has bundles of speed.

She has run five times and, on her three starts over five furlongs, she was second on her track bow here, won at Down Royal and ran a blinder to be second to the smart Marsha here last time out.

Gift Wrap, five lengths back in third on that occasion, has since danced up by six lengths off a mark of 79. Go Kart was giving her two pounds, so a rating of 87 doesn't seem unduly harsh. If that proves to be the case, then she should be winning this.

Tommy Stack's recent winner Victorious Secret is a threat, while Kashtan is an interesting raider. The Harry Dunlop-trained filly has a little to find on ratings but he wouldn't be bringing her over if he didn't believe she would give this a rattle.

Johnny Levins' Rateel also has a squeak, but Brosnan and Shukhov are the pick of the shrewd Curragh operator's delegation.

In three starts at the Louth track for Levins, Brosnan, a three-year-old Champs Elysees filly, has been first, second and third. She was just denied by Political Policy here last time, and Automated, which finished third, has since come out and won a maiden.

Brosnan is two pounds higher now, but she is a progressive sort that should be thereabouts again for Gary Carroll.

Shukhov tackles the second division of the mile handicap. This looks marginally the weaker of the two legs, and Donagh O'Connor's partner bounced back to form in style last time.

A 10lb hike for that still leaves him competitively treated based on his very best form, so he is fancied to follow up, although the drop back from an extended 10 furlongs is a slight concern.

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