Tuesday 20 August 2019

Twin Falls looks banker material for Levins team

Johnny Levins, seen here in 2010, has produced two winners and two placed horses from his last five (Stock Photo)
Johnny Levins, seen here in 2010, has produced two winners and two placed horses from his last five (Stock Photo)

Richard Forristal

Young Curragh handler Johnny Levins can continue his fine run of form by delivering tonight's Dundalk nap with Twin Falls.

Levins has produced two winners and two placed horses from his last five runners. He will saddle two live contenders on this evening's mundane spread at the Co Louth all-weather facility, and the Gary Carroll-ridden Twin Falls appeals as the pick of the two.

The grey daughter of Zebedee contests the juvenile fillies' maiden over seven furlongs.

Of the other five that have already run, John Murphy's Scatterling is the likeliest threat to the selection following an improved effort to be third here in October.

Twin Falls hasn't run since October 13, when she finished second to Raymonda in a Curragh maiden. In the context of this 11-runner affair, that is a stand-out piece of form.

On her penultimate start, having been second to Queen Of Sicily at Naas, Twin Falls was pitched into Group Two company at York.

She wasn't up to that level at the time, but it was still an indication of the regard that Levins has for her, so she is fancied to get off the mark at the fifth time of asking.

The upwardly-mobile handler's other runner is Brosnan in the concluding 10-furlong handicap. With Donogh O'Connor taking seven pounds off the recent course winner, its five-pound penalty is negated.

Still, slight preference is for Political Policy, which is trained by another rising star in Gavin Cromwell. Similarly, Political Policy's seven-pound hit for winning here on Friday is countered by Conor McGovern's seven-pound allowance.

In its six starts here since September, the four-year-old has won three and been a nose second, and each of his five career wins have come at the course. He clearly saves his best for the track, and the booking of McGovern gives him a chance to add to his collection.

Acroleina gets the nod to land the opening six-furlong handicap. Harry Rogers' four-year-old won tidily off a mark of 57 at Laytown in September, having gone close here previously off 62.

Following the handicapper's annual revisions, she gets in off 58 now under Pat Smullen, and she should be more than competitive off that mark.

Aidan and Ana O'Brien can combine to take the poorly-contested three-runner nursery with Zig Zag, while Seamie Heffernan can get among the winners for Ballydoyle aboard Facade in the mile fillies' maiden.

This is another pretty modest-looking heat. Facade finished second to Don't Be on her belated reappearance in Listed company last time. If she doesn't "bounce", that makes her a pretty formidable opponent in this company.

Mick Halford's Hat Alnasar might be the one to keep on side under McGovern in the seven-furlong rated race.

Jane Foley's recent winner Chicago Fall is stepping up in class and David Marnane's consistent Kodiac's Back might be a little exposed. Hat Alnasar is consistent three-year-old that doesn't seem to have reached the limit of his ability just yet.

Successful off a mark of 70 last month, he ran well to be third to Political Policy on his latest outing. If he steps forward again for that, he has it within his range to figure prominently.

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