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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Smells like win for Rose

THE good form of Peter Casey's horses has been very evident at Dundalk in recent weeks and it's easy to make strong cases for all three of his runners at the Louth track this evening.

The Grade One winning trainer was delighted with the run of course and distance winner Try Freedom, who ran a blinder to finish third a fortnight ago, but he also has recent winners Hello Humpfrey and Rose Angel and it is the latter who is selected to complete her hat-trick.

Casey's consistent three-year-old has gone up 11lbs since winning over the course and distance earlier this month before returning to oblige under a penalty but with regular jockey Robbie Downey riding Eddie Lynam's Doc Holliday, Casey has secured the services of in-form apprentice Tom Madden who claims 10lbs off.

Downey will be back onboard Hello Humpfrey in the following race but it is Lynam who ironically could get the better of them here with the Niall McCullagh-ridden Armed Guard, who hasn't ran since June but is likely to be well primed by Lynam, who also has good chances with Elusive Ice in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race and Stay Maiden.

Johnny Murtagh renews his partnership with fledgling trainer Adrian Joyce's flag-bearer Majestic Timeline and he can rack up another win for Joyce, while the Ger Lyons-trained Queen Of The Sand can return to winning ways after going very close here on her last outing.

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