dundalk 1st Feb

Thu 31st Jan 2013, 11:50

Pique Sous makes his Flat debut on Friday night, with a run at Dundalk a potential springboard to the Cheltenham Festival.

Willie Mullins' grey was third in the Champion Bumper there last year and made a promising start to his jumping career, bettering a Cork second at Thurles in October.

His preference for decent ground has kept him on the sidelines since but the late addition of the Bookings At dundalkstadium.com Maiden to the card seems a good opportunity, and he takes on fellow smart prospects Cairdin and Raise The Beat.

Aidan O'Brien has his first runners of 2013, starting with Ahimsa in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap.

The filly has just a maiden victory to her name but, perhaps importantly, that came at this venue so she may give last week's winner Alvar something to think about.

Fairylike flies the Ballydoyle flag in the Group Bookings At Dundalk Rated Race, although she has a little bit to find on official figures, with race conditions suiting Edward Lynam's Atmospheric High best.

Thats A Fret just got the better of Knock Stars here a fortnight ago and strives to confirm that superority on 2lb worse terms in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap, which gets proceedings under way at 6.20.

Atlas Peak and Sterling Copper also renew rivalries in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap, with only half a length separating them a week ago.

Mea Parvitas was a place behind there and is a lively danger again, as is Richelieu, who ended a year-long drought on his most recent appearance.

Muizenberg Nights tries to go one better than she did on her introduction here last week in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Fillies Maiden, while La Belle Maison has an edge in experience in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Apprentice Maiden.

Mares catch the eye at Towcester

There has been plenty of chat lately about the buying and selling of mares and about the merits or otherwise of confining too many races to the fairer sex. Well she didn't cost anything like the £155,000 that yesterday's Ludlow bumper winner, Centasia achieved lately, but Vinnieslittle Lamb did have Irish point-to-point followers waxing lyrical this winter and she begins under Rules today in Towcester's 1.50.