Wachman's Black Wolf Run to scare off Dundalk rivals
David Wachman's Black Wolf Run is fancied to get tomorrow off to a flying start by justifying the nap vote at Dundalk.
A three-parts year-older brother to today's feature race contender Independence Day, Black Wolf Run never made it to the track as a two-year-old.
However, he ran encouragingly when third on his bow at the Louth all-weather venue in May, splitting the useful duo of Ardhoomey and Ortiga.
The manner in which he kept on over seven furlongs that day suggested that he would stay further, and that impression was confirmed on his only subsequent outing at Gowran Park three weeks ago.
He again got tapped for toe over seven, staying on for third behind stablemate Gussy Goose and Frozen Lake, both of which have gone on to win since.
As such, Black Wolf Run's form is pretty solid in the context of today's opposition, and the step up to a mile in the opener is expected to bring about the required improvement.
Wayne Lordan's mount's chief threats are Ger Lyons' consistent Chenega Bay and Dermot Weld's Gulf Of Poets, which sports a visor after disappointing over further at the Curragh.
The only other race on the card that Wachman contests is the seven-furlong three-year-olds' handicap, with Monday's Roscommon second Perfect Fit possibly the pick of his two runners.
Maybe Lordan's booking on Chaplin Bay is of note, but Perfect Fit should run well, with Daniel Redmond's claim sure to aid her cause.
Still, Pat Martin's Ishebayorgrey might be the one to keep on side.
Colin Keane's partner knuckled down to score for a second time in three June starts over six at Leopardstown 17 days ago, and he has gotten in here without a penalty for that, despite beating the subsequent Bellewstown winner Zunera into second.
Ishebayorgrey is stepping back up in trip now, but he has run well over seven before.
In the 10-furlong edition, Andy Oliver's Fairyhouse third Eloge has plenty going for her now that she has fallen to a mark that is just a pound higher than that off which she won here in October.
Over jumps at Sligo, Willie Mullins' only runners Bachasson, Long Dog and Fugi Mountain will all go close, while Mick Winters' For Gortnatona appeals in the mares' novices' hurdle. Jonathan Burke's mount won well at Wexford and this isn't a race with any great depth to it.