Tuesday 24 October 2017

Elliott charge can show Worth at Dundalk

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Gordon Elliott can continue his excellent recent form by plundering tonight's extended 10-furlong maiden with High Net Worth, his sole runner at Dundalk.

The first fixture of the winter campaign at the Co Louth all-weather facility is typically busy, with five of the eight races featuring reserves and the other three numbering at least a dozen runners each.

Shadagann and Rashfa, representing respective Kildare handlers Mick Halford and Mark Fahey, are among High Net Worth's dangers this evening, with James Lambe's Our Max another to consider.

On the balance of form, though, High Net Worth will take all the beating. A runner-up in each of his last four Flat starts, he has simply looked one-paced in defeat over seven furlongs, latterly losing out to Edge Of Sanity in first-time blinkers here a month ago.

He sports cheek-pieces under Emmet McNamara tonight, but doesn't look ungenuine. The suspicion is that this step up in trip is exactly what he needs, so he appeals as a solid nap option now.

In the opening juvenile maiden, Eddie Lynam has a decent chance with course runner-up Lady Mega under 10lb claimer Robbie Downey, while the newly crowned champion apprentice Connor King gets the nod to take division one of the six-furlong handicap aboard Great Ability.

This is a poor contest, but Tom Hogan's charge is pretty consistent, and this drop back from a mile could be in his favour.

Under Review is fancied in division two. Michael Browne's seven-year-old is going in the other direction, having lacked a gear when second over five furlongs on his two latest starts here. He returns now to a trip that he has won over twice before, so he should go close off a far mark for Wayne Lordan in what is an even weaker race.

In the mile handicap, Jane Foley's Bomber Jackson looks to have plenty going for him under Niall McCullagh. A blinkered three-year-old having just its fifth run, he went close here last week and gets in this time off a pound lower rating.

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