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Saturday 22 September 2018

Dali can get O'Brien off to good start

TOP WEIGHT: Dali can take the feature race honours at Dundalk today. Pic: Racing Post
TOP WEIGHT: Dali can take the feature race honours at Dundalk today. Pic: Racing Post

Six jockeys will begin the afternoon at Dundalk today before spinning down to Foxrock to also ride at Leopardstown this evening for a day with some interesting midweek action.

It will come as little surprise if Donnacha O'Brien was to leave both venues with at least one winner and more than that is likely.

Aidan O'Brien, who also has runners with chances at Newmarket today, and his son Joseph, both supply the current championship leader with good rides and it wasn't a shock to see him make the effort to make both meetings.

Dundalk's feature is the EOS IT Solutions Handicap and top weight Dali is chosen to claim success here with this drop in class. A listed winner at Naas last month, Dali didn't help himself giving away ground at the Curragh last time but would look a cut above most rivals today on the best of his form.

Donnacha will then set off for Leopardstown but it might mean that Wayne Lordan is among the winners for Joseph O'Brien as a tentative vote is given to $250,000 yearling purchase Stella d'Oro in the 10f maiden.

The Ger Lyons-trained Would Be King last ran in the Guineas but disappointed and was gelded since. He looks a standard setter in the mile maiden.

There's some brilliant prize money up for grabs at Leopardstown with the €100,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Nasrullah' Handicap and the dozen runners declared should make for a fascinating race.

After much deliberation and having made strong cases for many of the field, a chance is taken with the lesser exposed The King to come out on top.

Jessica Harrington will go to Newmarket tomorrow with arguably the most exciting horse of the season so far in Alpha Centauri but in The King she could have a progressive three-year-old that has the capability to land a couple of nice prizes like this.

Getting weight from the older horses is a bonus for the horse that has only had four starts but he beat Imaging impressively in a maiden and doesn't lack ability so if not fazed by handicap company The King could well score for Irish racings current Queen.

The weight carried by Sizzling in the Group Three Stanerra Stakes is shy of Donnacha O'Brien's lowest so Seamie Heffernan takes over and looks to have a good chance on the consistent daughter of Galileo.

Heffernan also rides Goddess in the opener, who can be expected to come on a lot from her first run of the season.

Only six go to post for the three-year-old only Clayton Hotel Leopardstown Handicap over a mile and that looked a race that Donnacha would win for his brother with Medal Of Honour and they've a chance in the previous race with tremendous Leap.

DUNDALK TODAY

2.30 Reckless Lad

3.05 Would Be King

3.40 Military Hill

4.15 Verhoyen

4.50 Dali

5.20 Stella d'Oro

5.50 Universal Focus

LEOPARDSTOWN TODAY

5.40 Goddess

6.15 Tremendous Leap

6.45 Medal Of Honour

7.20 The King

7.50 Sizzling

8.25 Dawn Hoofer

8.55 Tornado Watch

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