St Stephen's Green primed for Dundalk stroll
With course inspections to be held today at Limerick, Navan and Naas ahead of the weekend racing there is every chance that Dundalk will be the only track in Ireland hosting action before next Wednesday.
The all-weather venue has also gained next Tuesday's fixture which was due for Tipperary and they race in Dundalk again on Wednesday and even some jump trainers will take advantage of the facility.
St Stephens Green has been off the track for a while but could possibly be warming up for an assignment at the Punchestown Festival later this month when he lines up in the penultimate LMFL Family Day Handicap over a mile and a half.
Emmet Mullins' charge has been campaigned on the level since winning a valuable handicap hurdle at Killarney last May and he has done well in good company and while he may strip fitter for the outing, any market moves for St Stephens Green would be a massive positive.
In the concluding Print Express Handicap, Mr Fiftyone is a tentative selection. On his efforts over jumps he would look like a prime candidate to win off a flat rating of 61, which his 7lbs lower than his last outing on the flat and he has a decent draw for this so at his best should go close.
Finishing a length behind Mendelssohn would look pretty solid form following last weekend's UAE Derby. Andesh managed that in a maiden last season before winning at Dundalk in October. Mick Halford's three-year-old can be expected to continue his winning ways in the seven-furlong rated race.
Recent winner Blastofmagic can win again for Adrian Joyce in the sprint handicap, while Atlas can continue Denis Hogan's good run in the seven-furlong handicap.
8.00 Coach Bombay
8.30 St Stephens Green
9.00 Mr Fiftyone