Ranger ready to brew up Dundalk storm for Flynn team
Pat Flynn is trusted to deliver tonight's nap vote with Storm Ranger at Dundalk.
The three-year-old tackles a seven-furlong maiden under Danny Grant, having shown considerable improvement from his first run to his second. On the latter occasion at Leopardstown, he raced handily and ran to the line, beaten a couple of lengths in fourth behind Cognitive Ease.
That constituted a solid turn, and the suspicion is that Storm Ranger will be good enough to win this if he progresses similarly now. Jim Bolger's McGuigan sets a pretty dubious standard, having run nine times without a win and spurning a few reasonable opportunities in the process. Flynn has a number of others with chances tonight, including Storm Away in the apprentices' handicap.
Preferred in that, though, is Prunella Dobbs's Donnacha O'Brien-ridden Carried. Ostensibly, this is another open affair, but Carried has claims.
Successful off a mark of 76 last year, he is in off 68 now, having run really well to be beaten just over a length by Moonmeister when third here a week ago. That indicated that he is returning to form, so he should go close now if he backs it up.
In the extended 10-furlong handicap that follows, Pour Deux appeals as an upwardly-mobile sort. John Oxx's Dansili filly is the only three-year-old in the six-runner contest, and has scope to improve after just seven runs.
On Pour Deux's all-weather bow last time, she ran well to be fourth in a Listed race over a mile, having been ridden typically aggressively by Declan McDonogh. There is clearly a chance that she will be better over this sort of trip, so she is the one to be with.