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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Richard Forristal: Sunday service

Outsider to note

Dazzle Dancer

Both Willie and Tom Mullins are well represented in tomorrow's November Handicap at Leopardstown. On paper, Willie's Wee Giant and Tom's Fosters Cross hold the best chance of a timely big race triumph, but Willie's Dazzle Dancer has each-way appeal at fancy prices.

Unlike her stable-mate Wee Giant, Dazzle Dancer is proven on soft, but has had few chances to run over long distances. At Listowel in September, when the daughter of Montjeu stepped up to a mile and six furlongs, she ran a career-best to be second.

Dazzle Dancer subsequently finished fourth when dropped back to 10 furlongs at Sligo, before struggling on fast ground at Leopardstown on Monday.

Tomorrow, the four-year-old maiden steps up to two miles on slow going, so it would be no surprise to see her in the mix despite being a few pounds out of the handicap.

Sunday Yankee

Cork 2.20 -- Sigma Lifestyle

Cork 3.25 -- Sam Adams

Leopardstown 12.35 -- Manieree

Leopardstown 3.15 -- Dazzle Dancer

Numbers Game

150The anniversary being celebrated by the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

10Years since Dorans Pride won the November Handicap as a sprightly 11-year-old.

1 Mick Halford's Group One tally following Casamento's success at Doncaster last Saturday.

Quote of the week

"He was a great man, a very quiet man who didn't say an awful lot but when he said it you would listen. Dawn Run's Gold Cup was a fantastic day and was a great training performance as she was relatively a novice, and the way he brought her along like he did was genius." -- Jonjo O'Neill with a fitting tribute to Paddy Mullins.

Three things we

learned this week

1 Sheikh Mohammed's return to Irish racing has been a great success. Having not had a horse run in his own colours here since 2007, the Sheikh's decision last November to send 12 juveniles this way came as a declaration of faith in Irish trainers.

He could hardly have hoped for a better return. Casamento ended his fine campaign with a triumph in last Saturday's Group One, and Dubai Prince followed up for Dermot Weld at Leopardstown on Monday. Sheikh Mohammed now has two of the market leaders for the 2011 Epsom Derby.

2 The age-old question of who's boss, horse or jockey, is no clearer after Drill Sergeant's bizarre run under Tony McCoy at Haydock on Wednesday. McCoy received praise for winning on a horse which went from leading by 12 lengths to trailing his 12 opponents.

The tributes were justified, but it is also true that Drill Sergeant only got back involved when it suited him. Ultimately, it seems a consensus is necessary.

3 Paddy Mullins' death was a sad day for Irish racing, but the game is so much the better for what he leaves behind. Dawn Run's Gold Cup win is just one of many memories, while his talented family will continue to enhance his repute for years to come. That may prove his greatest legacy.

Racing Diary

Monday: Kempton, Plumpton, Wolverhampton (AW)

Tuesday: Catterick, Exeter, Kempton (AW)

Wednesday: Fairyhouse, Chepstow, Kempton* (AW), Nottingham, Warwick

Thursday: Thurles, Haydock, Kempton* (AW), Lingfield (AW), Towcester

Friday: Down Royal, Fontwell, Hexham, Southwell (AW), Wolverhampton* (AW)

Saturday: Down Royal, Dundalk* (AW), Doncaster, Kelso, Sandown, Wincanton

Sunday: Limerick, Navan, Ffos Las, Hereford, Market Rasen

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