Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 25 February 2018

Carried can help Foley double up at Dundalk

Shane Foley has excellent prospects of visiting the winner’s enclosure tonight
Shane Foley has excellent prospects of visiting the winner’s enclosure tonight
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

PRUNELLA DOBBS always does well with the handful of horses she runs on the Flat, and the wily Co Wicklow handler is responsible for tonight's Dundalk nap, Carried.

In the past six weeks, Dobbs has saddled a winner and three placed finishers from five runners across both codes. Carried has been second twice in that time, and is an improving three-year-old that should get his head in front in the conditions race finale.

Also third twice on grass during the summer off 69, he is up to 72 now following his latest turns on the all-weather.

That leaves him well in with his seven rivals this evening, so, with the 12-furlong trip to suit, he is trusted to confirm that he remains on the up for Shane Foley, who might imitate a brace aboard Lord Kenmare earlier on.

Peter Casey's hat-trick-seeking Hello Humpfrey is the obvious danger. However, his win here on the same night of Carried's last run nine days ago came off just 62, which means he has a bit to find now, as he is conceding three pounds to the selection.

Casey's Rose Angel bids to get back to winning ways in division two of the mile handicap after racing too keenly in her quest for a three-timer on the same card.

She will doubtless settle better in Fran Berry's experienced hands now, but Ningaloo Reef appeals as a more solid option for Garvan Donnelly and Gary Phillips.

Successful off 68 over this trip in November, the Acclamation five-year-old lost little in defeat when third on dropping back to seven last time, with the runner-up Fleet Captain scoring since and the winner Doc Holliday running well to be third next time.

Off the same mark of 72 now, Ningaloo Reef will go close under his useful claimer. The same duo also gets the nod to take the six-furlong handicap with Catwilldo, a progressive three-year-old that looks well treated on the pick of its summer form and also has the benefit of being drawn next to the rail in stall one.

Johnny Murtagh gives his daughter Caroline her first ride aboard Regal Power – owned by her mother Orla – in the six-furlong conditions race.

Her mount isn't without a chance, but just preferred is Eddie Lynam's top-rated Sylvan Mist, a consistent performer that always seems to run well here.

Irish Independent

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