14:30 Dundalk

The Holy Roman Emperor filly BLUE CABOCHON, from the in-form Fozzy Stack yard, would be a deserving victor here on her third start. Like all of her rivals Blue Cabochon will be competing on the Polytrack for the first time. That will hardly be any problem for her, though, as the Stacks have sent out plenty of winners here over the years and obviously think this one will be fine on the surface. She drops back from the Listed company she kept last time and perhaps she can confirm form with Hyde Park Barracks now. There was plenty of money about for Mahaaseel on her debut and she ran well to finish second to Luminesce. On that evidence the daughter of Exceed And Excel should have the beating of Aliyza again. The problem for Mahaaseel (tongue-strap tried here) is that she's stuck out wide in stall nine, while clues from the market will hopefully be forthcoming with regard to the two newcomers.
Prediction : 1st Blue Cabochon 2nd Mahaaseel 3rd Hyde Park Barracks

15:00 Dundalk

It's an interesting experiment to see Blue Wood switched to the all-weather and dropped back to the minimum trip. The four-year-old is back in maiden company as well, after a very weak finishing effort in a Leopardstown seven furlong handicap the last day. He's surely better than that but it's not the first time that he's failed to come up to market expectations. Perhaps the Requinto gelding will get back on track now. He clearly comes with risks attached, though. ECCLESIASTICAL is back in action quickly after his second placing at Navan on Thursday. With a visor fitted the 73-rated performer may be able to account for a runner with a higher official assessment. That fellow, Shooting Spirit (76), obviously commands maximum respect. The likes of newcomer Best Ever More and Musical Rue, can at least contend for placings in the frame.
Prediction : 1st Ecclesiastical 2nd Blue Wood 3rd Shooting Spirit

15:30 Dundalk

He hasn't run on the all-weather before but DARK PINE will justifiably be the choice of many with that eye-catching 88-rating to his name. The Dandy Man gelding was unfortunate to run into the likes of Confidence High last time, and that fellow, a winner on his previous start, has gone on to place second in Group Three company. Blinkers that Dark Pine wore for the first time when silver medalling at Leopardstown, are unsurprisingly retained. Two others are in possession of a published mark and Bestrella (75) and Glass Of Bubbles (70) should be on the premises at the business end. There was a pleasing introductory effort from My Giddy Aunt Rose at Fairyhouse over a fortnight back. She should be all the better for coming back to seven furlongs.
Prediction : 1st Dark Pine 2nd Bestrella 3rd Glass Of Bubbles

16:00 Dundalk

LARALEI could be worth chancing on her handicap and polytrack debut. Owner Declan Landy has a lovely National Hunt horse on his hands in Captain Guinness, and though Laralei is operating at a much more modest level, there could be a win on two in the Hot Streak filly. It won't be easy for her against mostly older and more experienced rivals. However she's shown a bit, notably at Fairyhouse in the middle of last month, and you'd have to think from a mark of 64 with a 10lb claimer up, that she'll be there or thereabouts. He's very likely no ordinary 10lb claimer either, Sam Ewing being a well-touted graduate of the pony racing sphere and the son of point-to-point handler Warren. Ewing senior has a close association with Barry Geraghty so young Sam certainly has top tutors in his corner. He did well on his opening foray on the racecourse proper at Roscommon last Tuesday and his breakthrough winner might not be long about coming. One of two representatives on the card for Ger Lyons, Laralei is given the nod ahead of Dark Magic. Each-way cases can be built for several others.
Prediction : 1st Laralei 2nd Dark Magic 3rd Above Us Only Sky

16:30 Dundalk

NEYLAND finished second to a nice looking type in The Mpex Kid at Fairyhouse on June 18th. The Mpex Kid runs at Leopardstown on Saturday and it'll be interesting to see how he fares out off an 11lb higher mark. Neyland was since taken to Limerick by Pat Martin and as a joint favourite it was a little disappointing that she could manage no better than fifth behind Noirvento. Back a pound now in the ratings and with Dylan Browne McMonagle up to claim seven, Neyland will surely contend strongly. She ran okay on the all-weather before and is here preferred to Rain Or Shine and Eacharn.
Prediction : 1st Neyland 2nd Rain Or Shine 3rd Eacharn

17:00 Dundalk

The sole three-year-old in the field, CALIDUS MIRABILIS, goes well on all-weather surfaces and could eke out another success. He won a mile handicap at this track in January for 7lb claimer Alan Persse, before following up under Ben Curtis at Chelmsford City over 10 furlongs. Persse is back aboard and claims 7lb again, and his mount should be ready for this task after a spin in fifth around Roscommon last month. C&D winner New Vocation had a busy June, but has had a couple of weeks off, and would be dangerous if allowed to dictate off the front from a low draw. All of Lady De Vesci's four victories have come here, so she has to go on the shortlist reverting from turf. The handicapper has made life tough for course and distance winner Magi Gal, but she is more than capable of putting up a good show. Cache Queen enjoys racing on the Polytrack, however, she was due to run at the Curragh on Friday evening, and was also in action a week ago when runner-up in Fairyhouse, so may be best watched if turned out again quickly.
Prediction : 1st Calidus Mirabilis 2nd New Vocation 3rd Lady De Vesci

17:30 Dundalk

A Group 3 that has moved to Dundalk in the revised calendar. MONARCH OF EGYPT, with a rating of 111, is very difficult to get away from although he is hardly going to be a working man's price. The American Pharoah colt makes his Polytrack debut and steps up in trip, so you wouldn't want to be taking very short odds. His dam, Up, was a Group 2 winner over 10 furlongs. He has had the misfortune to face the unbeaten Classic winner Siskin three times, and has chased him home twice in Group company. His last outing saw him collared in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Aidan O'Brien has dominated the Ballysax Stakes having won nine renewals, in Leopardstown, since 1999. Dalvey is next best on ratings (99) after a close fourth in a Group 3 at Leopardstown. He is also up in trip. The unexposed one is Indicative Vote who won over a similar trip on debut in a median auction maiden at Roscommon. He clearly has an abundance of stamina, as he did another lap of the track after the race was over. He could be the one to take advantage of any stamina issues the others have. Siamese and Nobel Prize cannot be ruled out on what they have shown.
Prediction : 1st Monarch Of Egypt 2nd Dalvey 3rd Indicative Vote

18:00 Dundalk

PEMPIE was a major drifter on her Irish debut at Leopardstown, but put in a very solid shift to be runner-up, and could go one better. Pat Murphy's filly took plenty of credit from that run in an apprentice handicap, as she was beaten half a length by a very in-form horse, Reverberation, who brought up his treble. On her last start for Andrew Balding, she was a length second at Kempton in January over a similar trip as this one, so this all-weather surface should hold no fears. Wild Shot's last four runs here yielded form figures of 4123. He looks sure to give another good account, and Willie Byrne's 7lb claim helps offset some of his big weight. All of his five career victories have come at this track. Rockview Roman ought to be in the hunt for a cheque.
Prediction : 1st Wild Shot 2nd Pempie 3rd Rockview Roman

12/07/2020 Dundalk Acca