Ice to pick off Elusive victory
A FIRST try over a mile can bring about the required improvement in Elusive Ice at Dundalk.
Eddie Lynam's three-year-old has run well in defeat when second on her previous two outings over shorter at the Louth facility, simply proving one-paced over six furlongs behind Cottrell at the end of November.
On her track bow all of 12 months earlier, she just got chinned on the line by the smart Queen Of The Sand over seven furlongs.
Both were fine turns in their own right, so Elusive Ice should benefit for a recent run for a first time when she and the excellent Wayne Lordan tackle tonight's mile maiden. Deep Speed, Lean And Keen and Palace Of Winds are the obvious dangers to the nap selection, but each of that trio looks far more exposed at this stage.
In the juvenile edition, the Colin Keane-ridden Vector Force can defy Screenshot, Henson and Hardstone.
On the basis of their respective placed efforts, there is nothing between the quartet on paper, but Ger Lyons' charge Vector Force did little wrong when pulling clear of debutant Hardstone to finish second to Zarib a month ago.
Gary Carroll could secure a quick handicap double aboard Johnny Levins' Friday winner Miller Beach and John McConnell's Synes.
Fellow outstanding all-weather practitioner Shane Foley is trusted to deliver aboard Coach Bombay in the finale. Mick Halford's gelding went down fighting when fourth here two weeks ago, a performance that confirmed that he is back down to a mark off which he can score.