Halford's Barrow can sink rivals
Domestic all-weather activity gets under way for the new Flat campaign with a seven-race Dundalk card where finding winners won't be easy.
English-based Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston, who struck with five of his first 11 runners at the Co Louth venue last term, both saddle two contenders.
The pick of the meeting, however, may be Mick Halford's Barrow Island in the one-mile maiden. Halford needs just one more winner to take his overall score at the all-weather venue to 50, and Barrow Island could be the one to get him there should More Than A Lot come up short earlier.
Joanna Morgan's French import Mudalalah may pose a threat, but that one might need further.
Fahey's decision to travel One Kool Dude for its debut is taken as significant in the opening two-year-old race, while Old English looks the best of Johnston's duo in the following six-furlong handicap for three-year-olds.
Bubbly Bellini, third on successive starts for Ado McGuinness at Lingfield in February, is another that can benefit for race-fitness in the older horses' handicap over six, while President Lincoln gets the nod in the three-year-old maiden. Purchased for $775,000 at Keeneland in 2009, the Ballydoyle representative got a taste of the polytrack surface in the autumn, and sports first-time blinkers here.