Bolger pair to collect under Manning
Jim Bolger finished the turf season with a Leopardstown brace and he might get off the mark for the all-weather campaign with a couple of winners tonight.
Each of his three Dundalk contenders have chances on what is a modest spread, but it is Bridle Path and Locus Standi that appeal as his likeliest winners.
Bridle Path contests the 12-furlong maiden, having run on to be second to Walk Of Shame here three weeks ago over a mile.
While he is drawn poorly, this is a poor race and he has room to improve on his third start.
Crucially, given the manner that Bridle Path kept on last time, the step up in trip should suit. If that proves to be the case, he can justify the nap vote under Kevin Manning.
Locus Standi tackles the first division of the handicap over the same trip. This is a typically wide-open affair of its type, but Locus Standi is one of the more unexposed runners.
The Lawman gelding hadn't shown too much in his first five outings. He then switched to this surface last time, and that prompted an improved showing, with him only just run out of it late on by Daliyan over an extended 10 furlongs.
Again, he is stepping up in trip here, which could help his cause. In the second leg, Crecora catches the eye as being potentially thrown in.
Back in February, Eoin Doyle's charge was beaten four lengths off a mark of 59, having been second off 63 over course and distance in October.
A win ratio of 1-17 is poor, but Crecora gets in now off the basement rating of 47, a full 10lbs lower than that off which he last ran in May. That must give Danny Grant's mount a real chance.
In the opening juveniles' maiden, Willie Browne's Inclination gets the nod to build on her promising debut fourth under Billy Lee, while Mick Halford could get among the winners with Hat Alnasar in the finale.
Conor McGovern's mount ran out a decisive winner from the front here on October 28.
He is six pounds higher now, but he remains a very progressive three-year-old with the scope to defy his hike in this mile event.