Friday 15 December 2017

Step up in trip will not stop Oxx's Dimona at Tramore

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

The John Oxx-trained Dimona is the nap selection on today's only domestic card at Tramore.

Following on from yesterday's jumps fixture at the Waterford venue, this afternoon's programme provides exclusively Flat fare. Dimona, which tackles the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden under Ben Curtis, might be the best horse on view.

On just her second start at Gowran Park at the beginning of May, the Alhaarth three-year-old found only Malayan Mist too strong.

With that one subsequently going on to win for a second time at Ballinrobe on Monday, the form looks solid.

Dimona steps up in trip to a mile and a half for the first time here, and there is no reason to believe that won't suit. Mojita, fourth to Nantucket Bay over this trip on her penultimate outing, is probably the biggest danger.

Oxx could also saddle Alayir to win the concluding maiden.

Bo Hengy and Walking On Water may provide more stern opposition here, but the application of blinkers on the latter by Dermot Weld doesn't augur well for that one.

In four of his five starts, Alayir has made the frame, most recently filling the second spot behind Quaintly at Wexford. On that occasion, he was simply outclassed by David Wachman's filly, and this looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark.

Earlier, course specialist Bay Swallow appeals in the mile-and-a-half fillies' handicap.

This is no better a renewal than the one Pat Flynn's filly -- which has scored at the seaside track three times -- took off a pound lower mark 12 months ago.

Sounds Of Thunder is respected on the basis of his recent form, but he has gone up four pounds for getting beaten at Wexford in May.

Bay Swallow's rating has gone the other way, yet her fifth under 10st on the same card was not without merit.

Golan Go, which won Bay Swallow's Wexford race, could follow up in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap, while the second home Beliar is also on duty.

Eoin Doyle's charge is in the preceding event, a race that might fall his way if he improves.

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