Horse racing betting tips for Dundalk on Friday 4th March
The Ger Lyons Juncture filly could eclipse the boys in the Patton Stakes at Dundalk tonight.
Daughter of Dark Angel, the gray has been off the track since last July but, rated 98 and entered in the Irish and English 1,000 guineas, the Juddmonte-owned filly should make her mark during the turf season, which opens at the Curragh on March 26.
And, in a race where fitness levels will prove crucial for horses returning from layoffs, the Glenburnie filly, with champion jockey Colin Keane on board, could have the advantage here, during his debut in polytrack.
A promising second in the Contarelli Chapel class on her Naas debut, Juncture duly delivered her second start, beating Radiyka in a Leopardstown maiden in early June.
And she acquitted herself well on her last youthful start, when she finished second in the solid meter Agartha in Group 3 Silver Flash at Leopardstown in July.
It’s an obvious concern that Juncture hasn’t raced since then. But she is
well regarded and could be ready enough to highlight some interesting foals.
The highest-rated runner is Absolute Ruler, Donnacha O’Brien’s first runner since November 5 and winner of a course and first distance on his debut last August before finishing close third behind Atomic Jones in a group 2 at Leopardstown during the Irish Champions weekend, when he had one of today’s rivals Jean-Baptiste in eighth place.
Absolute Ruler then started favorite for the Star Appeal listed on this site in October, but flopped badly, beating just one of their ten rivals in a race won by Snaffles.
He is clearly better than that and holds Derby entries at Epsom and the Curragh and has been nominated for the Kentucky Derby.
Gavin Ryan’s mount should bounce back after this run.
Joseph O’Brien has won the last two renewals in this run and relies on the double run and the In Ecstasy distance winner, who looked like a good prospect scoring twice.
Rated 90, he has his work cut out for him with main contenders and John The Baptist, winner of a Maiden from the Curragh on his debut and less than a length behind Absolute Ruler in Group 2 at Leopardstown.
Haroya, fourth in his polytrack debut last month, is a hopeful nap pick in the Story Of Dundalk Stadium Book Maiden.
Peter O’Hehir’s advice for Dundalk
4.55. rocky dreams
6.30. Harriet’s Strength
7:30 a.m. Talbot
6.00.King of Cashel
7.30.The prisoner’s dilemma
8.00. Absolute rule
8:30 a.m. Singing Lady
Doubles: Hypernova and Haroya.
O’Hehir’s Longshot: Ten Coins (8.30.)
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