dundalk 7th Dec

Thu 6th Dec 2012, 12:40

Another Dundalk meeting under the floodlights gets under way at 6pm with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, in which Rapid Approach bids to go one better than last time.

Jim Bolger's progressive charge has some strong opposition, though, as Tylery Wonder filled the runner-up spot on his last outing, while Bainne was only beaten a length last time and gets a handy 5lb from her male rivals.

Bolger also has Lonrach in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Rated Race, but he has a lot to find with top-rated Moo Sahara on official figures.

One to trump them both could be Moveable Asset, however, as Willie Mullins' charge has hit the crossbar on his last two outings and has the capable assistance of Pat Smullen in the plate again.

Edward Lynam enjoyed a double on this card 12 months ago, including a win for smart sprinter Slade Power, and he is double handed in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race And Stay Handicap with Akasaka and Denny Crane.

Bolger also has Cul Baire in this contest, while the one to beat could be Sabrina Harty's recent C & D winner Ansgar.

Longfield Lad bids to follow up a narrow victory over six furlongs when he goes a furlong further in the Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk Stadium Nursery Handicap.

Tommy Carmody's Sherzam has some decent form on the grass and could be the biggest danger if taking to this surface, while handicap newcomers Zainda and Toccata Blue represent the powerful stables of John Oxx and Ger Lyons respectively.

There are an incredible three divisions to the Christmas Race And Dine Packages Apprentice Handicap, and the pick of the trio could be in division two, as Regal Warrior bids to follow up a recent victory over slightly further, while Indian Scout looks the form horse in division three.

Becher Chase attracts 16

Former Grand National winner Ballabriggs kicks off his season with another start over the famous Aintree fences against 15 rivals for Saturday's Betfred Becher Handicap Chase.