Thursday 18 January 2018

Tooreen Legend can deliver for Stack

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

TOMMY STACK'S Tooreen Legend is napped to reinforce the smart form of the maiden that he finished fourth in on his recent debut when he returns to Dundalk tonight.

First time up six weeks ago, the Rakti three-year-old kept on nicely from the middle under Billy Lee, beaten nearly three lengths.

In the meantime, the runner-up and third, Mazandaran and Super Sling, have come out and won next time, as did the sixth home Akdam, with the seventh Connacht Council subsequently finishing second.

That strongly recommends Tooreen Legend in the mile auction maiden now, as he certainly shaped as though there would be more to come.

Ger Lyons' Minister Of Mayhem might be the danger, having shown up well to be fourth here in the autumn.

In the opening conditions race, Wayne Lordan can collect on Khyber Pass for Eddie Lynam. This is a tight affair, with five pounds separating the seven runners on ratings.

On current figures, Slipper Orchid comes out best, being joint top-rated on 77 but in receipt of weight from the other six runners.

Nonetheless, Mick Halford's filly has it to prove, as her easy triumph here last week came off a more modest mark of 65.

Khyber Pass is more exposed off 74, but he was a fair third behind Cash Or Casualty over seven furlongs here last month, and he meets that one off five pounds better terms now. That gives him a decent chance of going very close here.

Halford and Conor Hoban could score with Paddy The Celeb in the 12-furlong handicap later on, though the Doneany handler's Lonan, a narrow winner here three weeks ago, is passed over in favour of Aidan O'Brien's Fairylike in the preceding 10-furlong contest.

A game winner over a mile last time, Fairylike will be happier still back over this trip, and the 10lbs that O'Brien's daughter Ana takes off is a big plus.

Ana's champion jockey brother Joseph can follow up for Ballydoyle on Noah Webster in the 12-furlong finale. Second over two miles on its return last week, the Galileo four-year-old has bundles of scope to progress beyond its current rating.

Irish Independent

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