Preview Dundalk 14th Dec

Thu 13th Dec 2012, 13:20

Tommy Stack will have high hopes Mischief N Mayhem can open her account at the second attempt when she lines up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, which gets the Dundalk card under way at 6.00pm.

The Nayef filly ran a cracker to be second over this course and distance last month and if that run brings her on, she could be too strong for Opera Gloves, who impressed on her debut and represents the in-form Michael Halford.

The Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Rated Race promises to be a tight affair, but two who stand out on paper are recent course and distance winner Golden Shoe and Tracey Collins' Beat The Ballot, who missed out by the narrowest of margins here last time.

Collins also brings out recent course victor Captain Joy in the Christmas Race & Dine packages Handicap, but Jim Bolger's Miracle Cure got off the mark in a hot handicap at Leopardstown, while Akasaka is always respected on this surface.

Copper Dock and My Good Brother give Tom McCourt a very strong hand in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap, with the former bidding to follow up Wednesday's cosy success.

Spirit Of Grace and Pierre D'Or have both been threatening to score of late and could be in the mix for the first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Package Handicap, while the second division could be between Fast On and Whatyoumaycallit.

There's two divisions of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap, where the most interesting runner could be Tony Martin's Mulleady in the first division.

A fair run in a Grade 3 hurdle should ensure she's fit enough for this test, but Bensoon opened his account at the ninth attempt last time and the extra furlong could bring about more improvement.

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.