Preview Dundalk 17th Feb

Thu 16th Feb 2017, 12:40

Pique Sous had to be withdrawn having run loose at Dundalk last week and the grey tries again at the same track in the Racing Post Handicap.

This distance looks a bare minimum for Willie Mullins' charge, however, so Specific Gravity and Song Of Love, first and second respectively over a one-and-a-half furlongs shorter here earlier this month, may be the pair to focus on.

Patrick bids to supplement a C & D success a fortnight ago in the Gain Handicap when he had the re-opposing pair Shepherd's Purse and Split The At om in behind. The Acclamation gelding had a little in hand that day and may well go in again.

The evening kicks off at 5.30 with the Fast Shipping Ireland Ltd. Handicap in which Johnny Levins saddles six runners. It may, however, be worth concentrating upon Strategic Heights and Red All Star, second and third respectively over 6f here latest.

The latter is probably better suited to the drop back to the minimum and shades the vote.

Dandy Rock has improved with each start and looks an interesting recruit to the handicap ranks in Division 1 of the Contract Floor Coverings Handicap while Joseph O'Brien's Ligeti looks open to further improvement in the second division.

O'Brien has a strong hand in the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa Handicap with Circus Ring and Sweetasever, unlucky in running over 7f here on her penultimate outing.

The Print Express Maiden looks winnable and any market confidence behind Dermot Weld's newcomer Memorial Rose may be noteworthy, while Pure Action rates the formbook pick in the Elusive Pimpernel Maiden later on the card although the Godolphin-owned Robe Of Honour is an interesting debutant for Michael Halford.

National favourite Don Poli a doubtful runner

Don Poli, favourite for the Randox Health Grand National with most bookmakers, is a doubtful runner according to Eddie O'Leary.