The Eddie Lynam trained Opa Loca is a confident selection to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden (7.20) at Dundalk tonight.
Last seen when finishing third over course and distance on March 30th, this Shirocco filly has gone close to winning on all four starts and is on course to make it fifth-time lucky tonight. She travelled extremely well last time out and some would argue she was too free. As the field turned into the straight she looked the likely winner but got tired in the closing stages on her first run since June 2011. She finished behind Sli Na Fiarana (opposes again tonight) that day but I’m confident she will strip fitter for the run and should reverse placing’s with this particular horse. Sparkling View finished fourth that day and she is the likely favourite in tonight’s contest but will have to improve a bit to pass my selection.
Tommy Stack’s horses are in fine fettle lately and Dylanbaru should benefit from his debut at the Curragh to take the opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Median Auction Maiden. Jim Bolger introduces his well-bred colt Einsteins Folly in the race but he would have to be a smart type to beat Dylanbaru at the first time of asking.
I had heard that John Oxx thought an awful lot of his filly Shebella before she ran at Limerick and the fact that Ahaaly got within a neck of her suggests she’s no slouch herself. She reappears tonight in the www.dundalkstadium.com Maiden and anything but a win for Kevin Prendergast’s filly will be a big shock.
Of the other races on the card, Precious Dream may be worth following in the feature race, the firstname.lastname@example.org H´cap where Thomasgainsborough is likely to be well fancied.