Tuesday 12 December 2017

Joyce to enhance fine Dundalk strike-rate with Rock On Rosie

Adrian Joyce, who trains in a racing backwater the Roscommon side of the Galway border, does a fine job with Dundalk runners. (Stock photo)
Adrian Joyce, who trains in a racing backwater the Roscommon side of the Galway border, does a fine job with Dundalk runners. (Stock photo)

Johnny Ward

Adrian Joyce, who trains in a racing backwater the Roscommon side of the Galway border, does a fine job with Dundalk runners.

A 14pc strike-rate on the polytrack is nothing to be sniffed at, given the modest nature of his stock and the competitiveness of Dundalk. Take Rock On Rosie to land the first division of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap this evening.

Rock On Rosie, by Gamut, is surprisingly fast: she has won over an extended ten furlongs at Dundalk. That was in a maiden and she is only eligible for a 0-65 tonight thanks to the annual ratings revision that follows the completion of the season.

On her most recent outing, she ran a blinder when second to the hardy New Direction and it seems pretty lenient that she races off the same mark tonight.

John Feane, with a superb record at Dundalk, can take the second division with Asian Wing.

The New Years Eve Greyhound Racing Handicap is a classy contest. Poitin, with her trainer Keith Clarke's runners tending to develop consistency at Dundalk, has a fair chance even if she may want a bit farther ideally.

The opening dash sees some regular faces. Danz Gift has dropped to a rating that gives him a realistic chance of making it career win number three.

The rated race, with the runners rated pretty similarly, is tricky. Reckless Lad has the help of the 5lb claim of the highly talented Co Donegal teenager Oisin Orr for in-form Pat Martin.

Knights Templar continues to knock on the door, which can open in the IrelandvEngland Stable Staff Soccer Handicap, while the sprint maiden looks between the John Oxx-trained Guardia Svizzera and Sharp Defence.

The middle-distance maiden is a modest event and Ger Lyons, whose horses are remarkably reliable, may have found an opening for The Parish Shrug.

Irish Independent

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