Lynham the all-weather man
EDDIE LYNHAM'S heavy-hitting all-weather team can bag another brace at Dundalk tonight.
The Dunshaughlin-based handler is four clear at the top of the winter trainers' championship with 13 winners and he has no less than 10 horses on duty this evening.
Dimitar and Aragorn Rouge, which tackle successive mile handicaps, are reckoned to be his best chances.
Billy Lee takes the reins on Dimitar in the three-year-old edition. Samollie, the horse that denied the same partnership by a head here over seven furlongs a week ago, reopposes off just 2lb worse terms, but the slight step up in trip could swing things Dimitar's way.
Last week, he was gaining all the time under Lee, so a mile should be within his compass.
The Ladbrokes Bet In Play Handicap is a more open event, with top-weight Aragorn Rouge facing a number of in-form rivals in the 12-runner field. David Marnane's Cool Athlete and Garvan Donnelly's Rocky's Pride both come here on a hat-trick, but so does Aragorn Rouge.
The four-year-old has really got his act together lately, accounting for Indian Scout and Chebona Bula -- since a winner and narrow runner-up, respectively -- three weeks ago.
With his confidence up, he is fancied to go in again off a career-high mark for Johnny Murtagh.
In the opening fillies' maiden, Jim Bolger can score with Foinse. Destiny's Child and Beforeit'stoolate have recent placed form, but Bolger's daughter of Teofilo is interesting on her first start since being beaten 10 lengths by Camelot on her Leopardstown debut in July.
At the other end of the card, the Charlie Swan-trained Prince Of Fire is napped to turn the tables on Lynam's Spin Of A Coin.
Also on duty in this contest is Gordon Elliott's Carlito Brigante, ahead of his date with Big Buck's in next month's World Hurdle at Cheltenham.
However, Prince Of Fire came up just short against Spin Of A Coin over an extended 10 furlongs a fortnight ago and is 8lb better off now over a 12-furlong trip that will suit.
Swan's Discovery Bay might also benefit for being upped in distance in the two-mile maiden that features the useful jumpers Shop DJ, Jacksonslady and Chaperoned.
Second to Johnnys Legacy over half a mile shorter last time, Discovery Bay's race-fitness will stand to him on this occasion.