Thursday 14 December 2017

Worth Rummaging for value with Halford hope at Dundalk

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Rummaging can continue Mick Halford and Shane 'Dusty' Foley's fine start to the all-weather campaign by justifying the nap selection at Dundalk tonight.

Successful over seven furlongs last week for a first time since securing back-to-back wins this time last year, the home-bred five-year-old is just 4lb higher now.

Granted, Rummaging only prevailed by a neck nine days ago, but the manner of his victory was slightly more authoritative than that, so he is trusted to go in again now that he reverts to six furlongs.

His three-year-old rivals Longfield Lad and Salvado are also recent winners at the Co Louth facility. They doubtless have scope to improve, but whether either has quite the same quality as Halford's consistent campaigner remains to be seen.

Halford and Foley, who have combined for at least one win at each of the three winter meetings held so far, also ought to take the opening five-furlong juvenile maiden with Kernoff. Twice a runner-up here recently, the Excellent Art colt is the stand-out option, though Eddie Lynam's Mr Good Guy has also had the ability to be placed here lately.

Harry Kelly's The Visitor is another that should build on two second places in recent weeks. Well held by Dusty In Memphis over seven last week, he returns to a more favourable mile in the later maiden now, and he should take a world of stopping in that under Seamie Heffernan.

Dusty In Memphis also reappears in the seven-furlong conditions race, but preferred is Johnny Murtagh's Regal Power, which looks quite well treated at the weights when you factor in Simon Torrens' 10lb claim.

As ever, Colin Keane has a smart book of rides. Last year's excellent apprentices' championship runner-up gets the nod to take the last on John McConnell's Hoppsan, while Timjoe is strongly fancied under him in the earlier 12-furlong handicap. Terence O'Brien's charge has been holding his form well on the level, and his latest second here last month has since been shown in a good light.

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