Sunday 21 January 2018

Blinkers can lift Fluidity

The application of first-time blinkers and a step up to a mile might just help Fluidity get off the mark in the juvenile maiden at Dundalk this evening, WRITES RICHARD FORRISTAL.

Ger Lyons' colt has run well on his two recent all-weather starts over seven furlongs, keeping on to be beaten a length or so on both occasions. While he hasn't looked ungenuine, the headgear ought to sharpen him up a touch and the additional furlong should certainly be to his advantage under Niall McCullagh.

Apart from the nap selection, this looks a pretty ordinary heat. Two Cities can improve for a respectable debut here in November, but it could be significant that McCullagh, who rode David Wachman's colt that day, is on Fluidity here.

Seamie Heffernan steers Two Cities and he's fancied to get on the score sheet on Almadaa in the second division of the one-mile handicap.

Knockgraffon Lad is going to take a bit of stopping in this after a facile win at the Co Louth venue last week but, having arguably got the run of the race then, is opposable under an 8lb penalty. Almadaa, which always runs well here, has not been far away when fourth in each of its last two outings, so this could be his day.

In the 10-furlong handicap that follows, Blewit, third to Knockgraffon Lad when sent off favourite a week ago, is taken to make amends. Despite breaking well that day, Shane Foley found himself shuffled back through the field on James Nash's runner, before staying on up the straight.

The winner had flown by then, though, and you were left with the impression that events may have conspired against Blewit on the night.

Citizenship, reverting to the Flat from hurdling, gets the nod under Jessica Harrington's able dual-purpose claimer Kevin Sexton in the 12-furlong equivalent.

Irish Independent

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