Sunday 17 December 2017

Almanack can keep Stack's yard on a roll

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Almanack, Tommy Stack's only runner at Dundalk tonight, should take plenty of beating in the opening two-year-old maiden.

As ever, Stack's Golden team has made a flying start to the campaign, with 11 winners already bagged going into yesterday evening's Gowran Park fixture.

The five-furlong juvenile heat at Dundalk is unlikely to be easily won, with John Murphy's Cork runner-up Truly Madly and Ballydoyle's £280,000 debutant Gale Force Ten in opposition.

Nonetheless, Almanack did enough when third to Tennessee Wildcat and the subsequent winner Versilia Gal on its debut over course and distance earlier this month to suggest he wouldn't be long winning. If Wayne Lordan's mount can improve any bit on that, he is nap material.

The Cork-born rider might double up on David Wachman's Oh Happy Days in the Louth Agricultural Show June 17 Handicap. Ger Lyons' Fluidity has obvious claims here after finishing third to the prolific Brog Deas on its reappearance at Gowran last month, while the first-time blinkered Spunky could have a say off a light weight for Tom McCourt.

Oh Happy Days, though, dug deep to score on her handicap and seasonal bow at the Kilkenny venue two weeks ago, and may have enough in hand to defy a 6lb hike now.

In the concluding 12-furlong handicap, the quality event on the eight-race card, Night Glimmer is fancied to verify the promise of her recent second to Akasaka here.

Reggie Roberts' dual course winner had Barrow Island, a winner at Cork last Friday, behind on that occasion, so she has plenty of appeal in this off a 1lb higher rating under Niall McCullagh.

Night Glimmer's seven rivals are all consistent course regulars that should ensure a cracking contest.

In the six-furlong maiden, John Oxx's Wasabi's House, a runner-up to the front-running Ahaaly here last month, gets the nod to topple Exhortation for Johnny Murtagh.

At Gowran last night, New Magic justified good support (14/1 to 8/1) in the featured handicap to give Ratoath trainer Dermot McLoughlin his best win to date.

Royal Blue Star forced the pace and seemed to have her six rivals well stretched but New Magic dug deep under pressure, and she came home strongly for Niall McCullagh to score by half a length from fellow 8/1 chance Royal Blue Star.

Irish Independent

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