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Progressive Elwazeer can help Lordan's treble chase

Wayne LordAn is the man to keep on side during tonight's busy eight-race spread at Dundalk. The Cork native has six decent rides, three of which should take plenty beating in the middle of the programme.

In the seven-furlong handicap, he bids for a third successive triumph on Elwazeer for Fethard handler David Nagle, having scored on the horse twice in recent weeks.

When landing a tidy gamble over a mile at the County Louth venue in December, the partnership never seemed in any danger of getting beaten. A 15lb higher mark subsequently wasn't enough to stop Elwazeer over this trip a fortnight ago, form that has held up well since.

Up another 11lbs now, this is going to be tougher again, but it is only the four-year-old's sixth start, and there is hardly a more progressive option. While top-weight Fountain Of Honour and the consistent Black N Brew warrant respect, they are more exposed sorts.

In the six-furlong dash, Lordan should be able to make the most of the blinkered Mcmonagle's pace. On its first outing since August two weeks ago, Willie McCreery's previous course and distance winner led until tiring late on, so he could be hard to pass now.

Cailin Coillteach is the other big fancy for Lordan, who, however, expected to come out second best on McCreery's Susiescot in the opening maiden.

On a line through Sindjara -- fourth when Susiescot took third at Leopardstown in November -- Tawariyka gets the vote in this contest. Mick Halford's filly was behind Sindjara here before Christmas, but she may not be done improving yet.

The nap goes the way of Imprudent Miss in the 12-furlong handicap. A staying-on second to Mutasareb -- which is on a hat-trick in division two of this -- over a mile and a quarter last time, Jimmy Coogan's representative will be more comfortable at this distance. What's more, she has the benefit of Ross Coakley's valuable seven-pound claim.

Irish Independent