Preview dundalk 22nd Feb

Thu 21st Feb 2013, 11:30

Have A Nice Day made a successful handicap debut at Dundalk a fortnight ago and returns to the all-weather venue for the Ladbrokes Bingo Handicap on Friday.

Sabrina Harty's colt scored with plenty up his sleeve on that occasion so the step up from seven furlongs to a mile should be well within his compass.

Promising young rider Luke Dempsey advertised his burgeoning talents on Toberton last week and is reunited with Ted Walsh's inmate, while Daft Dave is a potential fly in the ointment now he steps out of maiden company in first-time blinkers.

El Salvador got Aidan O'Brien off the mark for the year and now has his sights raised for the Ladbrokes Daily Top Treble Handicap.

The choicely-bred son of Galileo has the hat-trick seeking Gretzky to contend with, as well as John Oxx's returning Katiola.

Oxx takes the wraps off a couple of newcomers in the Ladbrokes Casino Fillies Maiden and Declan McDonogh wears the Shiekh Mohammed colours on Papaya, a half-sister to former top sprinter and good sire Lend A Hand.

The action commences at 6.20 with the Handicap, in which Black N Brew attempts to atone for last week's troubled passage here, with Joseph O'Brien now coming in for the ride.

Khyber Pass broke through at this venue a couple of weeks ago but has been beaten in handicaps before so may struggle to follow up in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap, where consistent course specialist Elusive In Paris tops the weights.

To Choose hit the crossbar at the beginning of the month and tries to go one better in the Ladbrokes Odds On Maiden, while La Oliva attempts to prove January's 20-1 surprise here was no fluke, although she must concede weight to all of her rivals in the Ladbrokes Accumulator Bonus Handicap.

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