Wachman's Aloof can step up to the mark at Dundalk
The David Wachman-trained two-year-old Aloof is the nap selection on this evening's all-weather card at Dundalk.
Lining out in a conditions race that doesn't feature a single winner among a field of nine runners, Aloof has the best form on offer.
Second on her most recent outing here behind the subsequent Group Two scorer Wading, Niall McCullagh's mount kept on well on that occasion to turn the tables on Oh So Lucy, which had finished just in front when the pair were placed at Leopardstown previously.
If Aloof makes similar progress again for the step up to a mile here, she is going to take plenty of stopping. Of her rivals, Shukov is an obvious danger for Ger Lyons, but may not have quite the same level of potential.
Choral Society is also fancied to build on a recent placed effort in what looks a desperately poor juvenile maiden. Eddie Lynam's daughter of Acclamation was well held first time out at Leopardstown in the summer, but built on that when keeping on to be third over course and distance in October.
Wave, second then, has since franked the form by getting off the mark, so Choral Society is the standout option to break her duck under Shane Foley now.
Foley might also take the concluding handicap on his boss Mick Halford's Elizabeth Coffee. Of the three last-time-out winners in the race, this one has been given the most punishment by the handicapper, competing here off a seven-pound higher mark.
However, Elizabeth Coffee is a tough and resolute galloper that is on the improve. As a three-year-old, there is a good chance that she can continue to progress past her elder opponents, and the step up in trip to 12 furlongs will suit ideally.
Earlier, Wachman's Azores gets the nod to finally win when she moves up to 10 furlongs in the three-year-old maiden. Placed in each of her five starts, the Pat Smullen-ridden Danehill Dancer filly was unfortunate to run into an on-song Glor Na Mara last week.