Hogan has double handful at Dundalk
Denis Hogan is taken to strike with a double at Dundalk tonight - though he may settle for the one winner.
The Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary handler likes his hurling and pursues his own equine equivalent to Tipp's excellence. His horses are quite often well-backed when they win so it will be intriguing to monitor the market about Atlas and Burren View Lady, which run in either half of the Kennedy's Bar, Dundalk Handicap.
Their profiles are that of contrast. Atlas is relatively lightly-raced, sourced out of the Michael O'Callaghan barn, and contesting a 0-65 race for the first time. He has been coming to hand.
Burren View Lady falls into the "is what she is" bracket. However, she seems to be back over her right trip tonight and was second of 19 at Naas last summer off a 7lb higher mark.
Damien English shows his prowess on the sand by running three of the five in the €25,000 Matthews.ie Race. Red Avenger could make all here, though his stalls issues are becoming disconcerting. "He scoped dirty after last run, he's seems right back to himself now and the small field should play to his advantage," the trainer said.
Pat Smullen is warming up for the new campaign and can take the Elusive Pimpernel Claiming Maiden with the Patrick Prendergast-trained Hailstone, Allography a likely type in the other maiden for Michael Halford.
Trained locally by John Larin, Purple Party is narrowly preferred in the Fastfix Apprentice handicap to Modern Tutor, trainer of which - Nicole McKenna - may take the Windsor Bar & Restaurant, Dundalk Handicap with King Christophe.
Song Of Love has been one of the stories of the winter series. Wayne Lordan, liking life with Aidan O'Brien, can team up with his son Joseph to win the Weatherbys GSB Rated Race.