O'Brien can edge closer to championship with victory on Yale
Donnacha O'Brien's lead at the head of the jockeys championship is now six over Colin Keane and, while there is every chance Keane can ride six winners between today and Sunday, there is little chance that O'Brien will draw a blank in that period.
Both leading riders have chances of winners at Dundalk this evening, as do Oisin Orr and Andrew Slattery, who are fighting out the apprentice championship in which the latter is two in front.
Of the eight races down for decision at Dundalk this evening, those four named riders certainly have the pick of the rides between them. O'Brien looks likely to start the evening off on a flyer with Yale (5.0, Dundalk) in the opening maiden. The run last week was a much-improved effort and he'll be expected to go one better now on this occasion.
Another maiden who can step forward from his first to second run is Vatican City (7.0, Dundalk), who is a regally bred brother to Guineas winner Gleneagles and is another likely Aidan O'Brien-trained winner on the card.
Ger Lyons and Denis Hogan have been notable supporters of claiming races this season and they look to hold the aces between them in the latest one this evening. On this occasion Merricourt (5.30, Dundalk) might just edge it over Yuften.
Kafu (6.30, Dundalk) is another that might just give Keane a glimmer of hope with another fixture less to go.
Orr might reduce Slattery's lead to one with course and distance winner Masalai (8.0, Dundalk).