dundalk 12th Dec
A bumper eight-race card under the floodlights at Dundalk kicks off with Fleet Captain's bid to follow up a recent course and distance success in the Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.
Jane Foley's charge was ending a losing sequence dating back to his juvenile days but has been hit with an 8lb rise, which could let the likes of Hi Emperor and Like Magic press for the spoils.
Rummaging is another recent winner bidding for a follow up when he lines up in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Apprentice Handicap.
Michael Halford's charge stayed on well over a furlong shorter to open his account last month, but he faces stiff competition in the guise of La Belle Maison, who just failed to reel in Mona Brown in a maiden here last time.
Halford has strong claims in the irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden with Won Diamond, who made a satisfactory debut appearance at Leopardstown and is likely to improve.
Elleval certainly has the edge in terms of experience and could be the biggest threat, while John Oxx's Akdam and Tommy Carmody's Collingbourneducis are others likely to be in the mix.
Jim Bolger conjured a win out of Mona Brown at the seventh attempt here last month and she bids to add to that tally in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap.
Kharezi makes his handicap debut after finishing a fair third here last time, while Castle Guest was beaten less than a length into fourth here last time and looks likely to be there or thereabouts.
Bolger will be hoping it will be 10th time lucky for Confident Cub in the first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap after two near-misses, while the second division could be between Dancingwithangels and Thebarberkelly.
The Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap sees champion jumps jockey Davy Russell make a rare appearance on the level aboard Gordon Elliott's top weight Discoteca.
Davy Russell is to make a surprise appearance on the Flat at Dundalk on Wednesday evening. One of jump racing's biggest names will have his first taste of the all-weather in order to give the Gordon Elliot-trained Discoteca a spin ahead of a possible challenge for The Ladbroke at Ascot next weekend. Russell did compete on the Flat when riding as an amateur at the start of this century, but has been restricted to just a couple of attempts in a Flat versus National Hunt jockeys competition a couple of years ago. "I think it's his first ride, and as the horse has got 10st 8lb, he can make the weight," said Elliott. "Davy also has his arrangement with Gigginstown Stud (owners of Discoteca)." Discoteca, who used to be trained by Andrew Balding, won four minor events on the bounce during the spring but has not been seen since finishing fourth in a novice race at the Galway Festival. He tackles the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap over a mile and a half. Elliott said: "He has been off for a while, but if he shows something in this race then he'll go for The Ladbroke along with (Racing Post Hurdle third) Cause Of Causes."