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Red Laser pick of the pack as Halford ups the pace

IN the last fortnight trainer Mick Halford has had 17 runners on the flat, three of those won and nine more were in the first five, none of those nine beaten by more than five lengths.

Halford's team are beginning to really up their stride now and come into top form and at Gowran Park this evening he has five runners, most of whom warrant respect for the Kildare trainer.

The pick of the five is Dundalk winner Red Laser who hasn't raced since winning at the Louth track in January, but had some good form at the back end of last year and with the Halford horses in such good form, the lack of a run shouldn't be a huge concern.

In the finale, Halford saddles both Lonan and Bensoon which are hard to separate, but in that race it is Long Journey Home who is given the tentative selection to reverse the form with Prospecterous from their meeting at Dundalk earlier in the month.



The three-year-old handicap see's Patrick Prendergast's Flameseeker make his debut in handicap company after landing his maiden at Listowel back in September. This evening's ground will be very different to that day, but if he handles it, he could go close for another team in decent form this season.

Jim Bolger's Wexford Opera has been an expensive horse to follow in maidens and while a couple of significant yards introduce newcomers, Wexford Opera's experience may just see him through.