Thursday 14 December 2017

Ice has the edge to sneak it for Lynam

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Elusive Ice, just chinned on her debut for Eddie Lynam three weeks ago, appeals as nap material on a difficult card at Dundalk this evening.

Collared by the more experienced Queen Of The Sand last time, the daughter of Elusive City steps out of fillies' company in tonight's seven-furlong maiden.

Elleval, Rapid Approach, Toccata Blue and Tylery Wonder are colts and geldings with placed form that have the potential to thwart the selection.

Still, every one of that quartet has had an abundance of chances already, so Elusive Ice is a more precocious option under Wayne Lordan now.

Lynam, always a reliable source of winners at the all-weather facility, might also take the concluding 12-furlong handicap courtesy of course specialist Atmospheric High.

With the top-weighted Aladdins Cave running off a mark of 86, this 14-runner heat is the best of what's on offer. Shake The Bucket, Discovery Bay, Rigoletta and Bensoon are just a few others with genuine chances, but Lynam's four-year-old gets the nod.

Successful in a conditions race a fortnight ago, Atmospheric High is again due to be ridden by champion apprentice Ronan Whelan, whose three-pound claim makes her especially appealing back in handicap company.

Other apprentices who are expected to get among the winners are Luke Dempsey, Conor Hoban and Ross Coakley. Dempsey, son of Kildare trainer Philip, takes a valuable seven pounds off the Tommy Carmody-trained Sherzam in the nursery.

Fourth to Victor's Beach last time, Sherzam is now four pounds better off with that one and has little more than a length to find.


In the mile handicap, Victor's Beach's handler Mick Halford provides Hoban with the mount on last week's narrow winner Alvar.

This is a competitive contest, but Hoban's five-pound allowance negates a four-pound hike in the ratings, which is significant.

The in-form Halford can also strike with Lily Of Kenmare and Mea Parvitas, while Naul-based Damian English is trusted to supply Coakley with a victory on Cash Or Casualty.

A course winner in May, Coakley's partner reverts to a more suitable 10 furlongs in the penultimate race after some very respectable efforts over shorter trips.

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