Friday 23 June 2017

Minot offers major chance for Coakley and McConnell

Trainer John McConnell. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer John McConnell. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Dundalk stages an appealing punting card this evening and Minot Street can land the nap vote in division two of the www.sherryproperty.ie Handicap.

The Van Nistelrooy gelding has won five times, four of these at Dundalk and one of them off 68. He has come back down to a rating of 59 and was quite an eye-catcher at the track last time when meeting traffic and finishing eighth under Jack Kennedy. He is straightforward.

Trainer John McConnell has not had a winner since September and the stable form is a little concern but Minot Street, under Ross Coakley, is still worth backing.

The other division is also quite intriguing and it may be time to put faith in Multiviz at a nice price. Quite well-bred, the surface suits, and she seemed to get this distance when unlucky in running when last seen at the Curragh. Moreover, she has shot down the weights.

The feature €15,000 Linencare - Linen Rental Services Race sees Alfredo Arcano and Duplication clash for the third time. The score is 1-1 but Alfredo Arcano looked to have a little in hand in his victory last month and may follow up.

Adrian Murray, who trains in Co Westmeath, can take a modest opening New Creation Design & Print Maiden with Tetraites, which is quite exposed but reliable into the bargain.

Plenty are in with a shout in the Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant Handicap, the likelihood of strong fractions being set bringing Song Of Love into the argument. This should produce a gripping conclusion.

Ligeti could be a dark horse in a poor Mayfly Marketing Handicap as he bids to pay back some of the 120,000gns he cost at two.

He has shown nothing and Easy Boy, under Pat Smullen, makes plenty of appeal after a luckless outing recently.

The Ramada Resort, Dundalk Handicap can see Burn The Boats score for the first time since July 2014. He raced a bit exuberantly here last week and is back down to a 3lb lower mark and in trip, so there are positives under Donagh O'Connor.

Oisin Orr can take the Kelliher's Electrical Handicap aboard Split The Atom, a really likeable sort which is competitively weighed.

Geological can give the selection, which was a fine second to Cocoa Beach here last time, a nice tow into proceedings. This would be his first win for David Marnane.

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