Sunday 25 June 2017

Feane to reach new 'Heights'

Colin Keane rides Strategic Heights in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk Handicap this evening. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Colin Keane rides Strategic Heights in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk Handicap this evening. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Johnny Feane has a near one-in-five strike-rate at Dundalk and he can score with Strategic Heights in the first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk Handicap this evening.

Colin Keane takes the ride on the sprinter. He has ridden four winners for the yard and should give the selection, which bids to win for the first time over six furlongs, a confident ride.

Though his winning has been at the minimum distance, Strategic Heights seems fine over six. More importantly, he was touched off under two years ago off a mark of 80, yet competes off 57 after taking the eye last time.

Tonight's most lucrative event is the Download The Award-Winning At The Races App Handicap, which sees Geological bid to follow up his mile win last time. The drop in trip should not be an issue and Ana O'Brien seems to get a nice tune out of a horse that cost his owner just 800 guineas.

Split The Atom gets the vote, though he was a bit disappointing last time. A hardy, consistent son of The Carbon Unit, he is well up to winning this at his best and is drawn in one.

Catchy Lass makes plenty of each-way appeal in the Connolly Kelly Accountants Claiming Race. Hes Our Music may not get an easy time of it up front and she should be staying on at the closing stages for Conor McGovern.

Oisin Orr, who rides Split The Atom, has a good chance in the iCopy-Office Equipment Specialists Handicap with Specific Gravity. A Wolverhampton raid proved fruitless for Adrian McGuinness midweek but he can strike on home soil now.

The www.pelican.ie-Party Equipment Rental Rated Race is an intriguing contest, with Lex Talionis one to monitor in the market. Bittern, which has been thereabouts off much higher in the weights, is preferred but there is a concern that she may not settle.

Easy Boy should be thereabouts in the Euro Antiques, Collectables & Auctions Handicap. Jackmel gets the nod in the Elusive Pimpernel Maiden.

They finish with the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk Handicap. McGuinness is taken to double up here with Guanabara Bay, which is 9lb better off with Alans Pride for his recent second.

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