Monday 11 December 2017

'Group One venue' Dundalk to prove fruitful for O'Brien

Joseph O’Brien Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Joseph O’Brien Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Rising star of the training ranks Joseph O'Brien believes Group One races should be run at Dundalk and he can strike at a lesser level on Ireland's only all-weather surface with Ruby Gates.

"It's absolutely vital to racing and I don't see why we can't have Group Ones there, or anywhere else on the all-weather in Europe," he said. "As long as the track is suitable, and I like Dundalk, why not? I guess it's down the road."

Ruby Gates has the aid of Donnacha O'Brien, well-regarded by his brother, in the BK Forklifts Handicap. On form at this track last year, she is well-treated, is well-drawn and seems to have her ideal trip.

Supersta, a regular on the all-weather in Britain, contests the feature TEC Electric Handicap and he has his chance in a deep race. Secret Wizard is selected, getting lumps of weight from the raider. Sean Davis claims 7lb and this one is noted on his course second to tonight's foe, Chestnut Fire.

Adrian Joyce can take the opening sprint with Ken's Sam's. She shaped quite well on her recent start here and the drop in trip ought to be no issue. Killian Leonard can take the LMFM Radio Apprentice Maiden aboard Wheels Of Fortune. Again drawn high, so is potential rival World Of Good.


All of the quintet in the Kelleher Insurances Rated Race have a chance. Time Constraints is taken to dictate a fascinating event.

John Oxx has a rare winter runner in Magen's Moon in the fillies' maiden. De La Vega, which showed ability on debut, is tipped for Michael O'Callaghan.

Twistandturns can take the first division of the Shabra Charity Foundation Handicap, Palivicini Run a strong fancy in the second.

Irish Independent

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