Saturday 18 November 2017

McConnell primed for Dundalk raid with unexposed Larchmont

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Larchmont is trusted with the nap vote at Dundalk on its first outing since debuting at Bellewstown on July 2.

John McConnell's three-year-old ran over five furlongs on that occasion, and he steps up to six for this evening's maiden.

That should suit, as he ran as though he would be better over further at Bellewstown, where he raced greenly early on before keeping on intently to be third behind Greyscape. The winner has since been placed off 82, which would be a decent benchmark in the context of this 14-runner affair. If Larchmont strips fit after his lay-off, then, he should take a bit of stopping under Gary Carroll.

In the mile maiden, The Mouse Doctor certainly won't want for fitness. Brendan Duke's gelding is having its third start in the space of a month, and he has been improving for each outing.

Dropped back to seven furlongs last week, The Mouse Doctor just got done for a bit of toe before getting to within a head of Party Angel. He is back up to a more suitable mile now, and should win this for Kevin Manning.

Rocking The Blue gets the nod to plunder the 12-furlong maiden for Ado McGuinness and Colin Keane. There is a couple in this with similar ratings to Rocking The Blue, but he is the one that looks to be going the right way.


On his latest start here on January 22, the Fastnet Rock colt finished strongly to go down by just a neck to All Body And Soul.

Meanwhile, on a day of prohibitively-priced winning favourites at Thurles yesterday, punters got a little more value for money when Colin Bowe's Go It Alone easily justified being back from 20/1 into 7/1 under Mikey Fogarty in the handicap hurdle.

Irish Independent

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