Wednesday 13 December 2017

Rigid looks rock-solid with Monaghan's claim

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Rigid Rock is a tentative nap selection on what is a tricky-looking card at Dundalk.

The Jim Gorman-trained five-year-old tackles division two of the six-furlong handicap, in which he will need to reverse form with Richelieu.

That one was over a length to the good when the pair clashed here in November, but they are more evenly matched this evening.

When you factor in Richelieu's winning penalty, Rigid Rock must concede five pounds less to him this time, but Gorman's booking of the useful seven-pound claimer Marc Monaghan, means that his charge is 12 pounds better off in total. It will be a surprise if he doesn't make that count now.

In the first division, another able apprentice is fancied to put his claim to use when Kevin Sexton partners Dash Back from a wide draw.

Breaking from stall 12 is certainly not ideal in a 13-runner race, but there is plenty else in Dash Back's favour to recommend her.

A winner here at the end of 2010, Ado McGuinness's mare displayed her well-being with a fine third last week.

While Almadaa, second then, is one of three others to re-oppose, Dash Back is 11 pounds better off with just a half a length to find on that one.

Eddie Lynam, fresh from a double at the Co Louth venue's first fixture of the year, could secure another brace tonight.

Atticus Finch, a clear second best to stable-mate Muck 'N'Brass last Friday, can make his pace-setting tactics pay off now that he drops in trip to six furlongs, while Diamond Daze gets the nod for the Co Meath handler in the claimer.

Lynam's Aragorn Rouge is also a danger in this one, having never finished out of the frame at Dundalk in seven starts.

Nonetheless, the weights favour Diamond Daze, as both possess the highest rating of 70, yet the latter receives 10 pounds when you factor in Sam James' claim.

Irish Independent

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