dundalk 16th Nov

Thu 15th Nov 2012, 12:40

The Carlingford Stakes is the pick of the action at Dundalk and Banna Boirche has his 15th run of the year in the Listed contest.

Mick Halford's six-year-old has won at this venue no less than eight times and finished a commendable third behind Shadow Gate and Ernest Hemingway on his most recent appearance.

Muck 'N' Brass also likes it here but has ground to make up on Banna Boirche from their running in the Diamond Stakes, so bigger threats come from the hat-trick-seeking Paene Magnus and Romantic Stroll, who was fourth at this level a week ago.

Willie Mullins, who is gearing up for the return of superstar hurdler Hurricane Fly this weekend, will be hoping Levanto can confirm the promise of his debut third at Leopardstown in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Div I).

The John Oxx-trained Little White Cloud offered plenty of encouragement at the same venue on his own introduction and will have his fair share of supporters in the second division.

Racing starts at 6.00 with the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package Nursery Handicap, in which Joanna Morgan's Desiderata attempts to make amends for a couple of costly defeats.

Cookie Crumbles came close to breaking her duck at Cork and needs to transfer that form to an artificial surface if she is to make it 21st-time lucky in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap.

Lake George doesn't have much all-weather experience either, but arrives at the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Apprentice Handicap on the back of a Curragh success.

Balmont Flyer shed his maiden tag over the course and distance of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap and should be progressive enough to defy a 4lb rise, while Urban Ball and Edge Of Sanity may have too much speed for a handful of jumpers in the www.dundalkstadium.com Maiden.

3 Irish in Paddy Power 20

Grands Crus and Hunt Ball are among 20 horses declared for Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.