Tuesday 24 April 2018

'Cover' back for more in Mercury

Trainer David Griffiths is Take Cover’s biggest fan and his teak-tough campaigner will have to shoulder 10st 2lb for this dash. Stock image
Trainer David Griffiths is Take Cover’s biggest fan and his teak-tough campaigner will have to shoulder 10st 2lb for this dash. Stock image

Thomas Kelly

Take Cover bids to repeat his 2015 win in the Listed Al Basti Equiworld Mercury Stakes at Dundalk tonight.

The remarkable front-runner is 10 now, but he is as good as ever as he showed with victories last month in the Beverley Bullet and in Group Three company at Newbury.

After that latest success, David Allan is aboard again, and what a servant the Singspiel gelding has been as he's in his seventh season. Not surprisingly, trainer David Griffiths is Take Cover's biggest fan and his teak-tough campaigner will have to shoulder 10st 2lb for this dash.

That's a hefty burden for any horse, and it certainly won't be easy for the three-year-old Hit The Bid, which has plenty of ground to make up with Take Cover on their Newbury meeting.

Moviesta lost out by just a head 12 months back and Eddie Lynam's representative is back for more with Robbie Downey in the plate.

Last Sunday, Pat Smullen conceded the jockeys' title to Colin Keane, and the multiple champion is without a ride in the centrepiece.

Regardless of his seven-winner advantage, Keane will be anxious to keep the scoreboard ticking over and he's on Ardhoomey for his boss Ger Lyons.

Keane rides Lightning Fast, featuring first-time blinkers, for Lyons in the Book Your Christmas Party at Dundalk Handicap, with Smullen on the recent course third Katiymann for Michael Halford in the same contest.

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