Walkabout can build on long overdue victory

On tonight’s second visit of the week to Dundalk, Walkabout can take the second division of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Apprentice Handicap for trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Donagh O’Connor.

Well-backed winner of a maiden hurdle at Cork on the Monday before the Cheltenham Festival, he ran a number of good races in defeat before getting his head in front again, in a handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe. He can be forgiven for being pulled up on heavy ground in the competitive Lartigue Hurdle at Listowel on his last start, and makes a return to the flat off what looks an exploitable mark.

He finished placed in two of his five starts on turf, but was a well-beaten last of four on his only previous visit to this venue. An initial flat rating of 70 has since fallen back to 56, and this is his first start on the level for his current trainer.

The mile-and-a-half trip shouldn’t be a problem for the son of Papal Bull, and he can take this modest event at the expense of Our Rachael, which has been frustrating to follow in both spheres but has the ability to get her nose in front.

Go Kart has been running well in decent company and can make the most in the opening race, the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap, over five furlongs. Beaten only half a length when fourth behind Oneoveryou here last Friday night, this represents a more manageable assignment and, with the assistance of promising 7lb claimer Danny Sheehy, she can prove too smart for her rivals.

Surprisingly can take the finale for Dermot Weld and jockey Seamie Heffernan. A shade disappointing to follow in four outings to date, she sported a visor for the first time on her previous visit to this track, last month, and picked up well inside the last half-furlong to be beaten just a short head by Adieux. If she can produce a similar level of performance over today’s longer trip, she ought to be very hard to beat.


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