With the flat season just around the corner, eyes will be focused on Dundalk as Aidan O’Brien sends a team of four to Dundalk on Friday night, three of which are ridden by his daughter Ana. Racing commences at 5:45.
Father-son trainer-jockey combinations seems to be the theme of the week across the sea in Cheltenham and it looks like the Dempsey’s can continue the trend in the Louth G.A.A Maiden at 5:45 with Jacksonslady. She is an admirable jumper who has bumped into some useful types on the Flat in the past. Her rider claims a valuable 7lbs and she may have the slight edge over her principal danger Raise The Beat.
Moss Top looks very well handicapped in the Louth Supporters Club Handicap at 6:15. She represents top connections and could be hard to beat. She was a close second on her last start when contesting her first handicap here in November and, following a break, can run well with from a mark just 1lb higher. Jouster, Rigid Rock and Dansili Dual all can prove dangerous on their best form.
Fairylike could be the pick of Ana O’Briens rides tonight. She gave the young jockey her first ever winner in the saddle at this venue last month and is applied with a visor for the Jimmy Mulroy Apprentice Handicap at 7:20. Clare Harrier and Black N Brew may cause the most problems.
Mazandaran shaped as though further would suit when making his debut in a 1m event here and must be considered, he finished ahead of two subsequent winners when missing out by a neck to a short priced Sacred Dragon. Mourani could be the main danger to the fellow Aga Kahn owned horse in the www.louth.gaa.ie Maiden at 19:50
Silenceofthewind caught the eye staying on into third over a mile here last week so will appreciate the longer of the Louth GAA Race Night Handicap at 20:50. The main danger comes in the form of Blue Ridge Lane.