'Round Town' primed to secure 'home' comforts for Donohoe
Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30
Shane Donohoe has been more prolific with a select band of British raiders than his domestic runners over the past couple of years, but is trusted to deliver tonight's Dundalk nap with Chewy Round Town.
From relatively few runners, the shrewd Cavan handler has saddled two winners across the water in each of the last five years for an average strike rate of 16pc.
It is a year since Donohoe's Charlie Bear won at the all-weather facility for a second time in the space of a month, and Chewy Round Town has bundles of appeal to get its handler off the mark for 2016.
A £44,100 acquisition by Roderic O'Connor, Chewy Round Town contests the first division of the seven-furlong maiden under seven-pound claimer Donagh O'Connor.
It looks a moderate affair, and the selection improved from a respectable Wolverhampton debut to be second to Roman Impero here last month.
The fourth home, More Than Mummy, franked the form when winning here recently. Chewy Round Town should be able to emulate that feat now, albeit he might ultimately prove best suited by a little further.
In the second division, Brendan Duke's The Mouse Doctor gets the nod to overcome a wide draw to collect for Rory Cleary. The son of Lord Shanakill stepped up markedly on his debut to be third to Ebadan three weeks ago, and he should progress again from that.
He is dropping back from a mile, but showed plenty early pace that day, so that might well suit.
O'Connor has been making a fine impression and he could be in for a lucrative evening if things click for him.
He will be thereabouts on Johnny Levins' Mr Right in the six-furlong handicap, and he could also plunder the opening five-furlong handicap aboard Damian English's Geological.
Other regulars such as Split The Atom, Your Pal Tal, Strategic Force and Kiss The Stars are all going to figure in that, but Geological has shaped encouragingly to be beaten just a couple of lengths in both of his starts for his new handler.
While he is burdened with top-weight, he is down a pound in the ratings, and he has the scope to exploit that. In the extended 10-furlong rated race, Alnahar, a first winner for Milan-born 24-year-old Natalia Lupini when coasting home last week, could well make light of an 11lb penalty under Seamie Heffernan.