Feane looks ready to enhance impressive Dundalk strike-rate
John Feane is the trainer to follow on the all-weather tonight at Dundalk, where the second meeting in 48 hours is held.
Feane's father, Jimmy, worked for years with Moyglare Stud; his son learned his craft with Reggie Roberts. Since taking out a licence, he has been hugely successful at Dundalk.
For a small trainer, Feane's hit-rate of 19pc at Dundalk is exceptional. He can nudge it up to 20pc and record a double this evening.
Though the Feane-trained Soul Brother has a little bit of work to do at the weights with Seanie in the opening claimer, he has a big chance on his final run in Britain. Moreover, Seanie has regressed, seems out of form, has a poor all-weather record and has never won over the distance.
The nap vote goes to Soul Brother's stablemate Miracle Ninetynine in the first division of the seven-furlong handicap. The crucial element of this race is that the four-year-old qualifies for a 0-65 handicap for the first time.
He went close at this venue last time and is thrown in on his best form for Richard Hannon, some of it on the polytrack.
In division two, Seeking Truth may finally win a race. Trip, draw and basement rating give Tom Farrell's charge every chance.
The Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap is the race of the night and Pat Smullen could be key to the chance of Alton Bay. He has been running quite well in much stronger races of late and could outstay a few of these foes for Peter Fahey.
Feane has nursery hopes with Twist Of Magic. Bouquet Garni is preferred, given that Twist Of Magic may get pestered up front.
John Oxx could strike in the maiden with Drake Passage but preference is for Shahroze, representing the Aga Khan's colours so long associated with Oxx. This colt's trainer, Michael Halford, struck on Wednesday with a Dundalk double.
Perhaps the most competitive heat of the night is the apprentices' handicap. Tony Martin, having had an astoundingly good year with his Flat horses, can strike with Creeping Ivy, while Sufoof may take a tricky nightcap, for all that she tends to find a means not to win.