Roe in with Deer

THE progressive Roe Deer, a son of the great Vinnie Roe, gets the nap in the Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Maiden on the all-weather tonight.

He showed little or nothing in a couple of outings in bumpers, but has looked a much improved performer since being switched to this surface.

On his debut at the track, Roe Deer went off a 33-1 shot, before finishing a close fourth behind Johnnys Legacy.

Then he returned to Dundalk last month and produced easily his best effort to date, a length second to Shop DJ.

That form has been working well, with Shop DJ going on to finish a creditable fifth to Quevega in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. As well as that the third in the Dundalk contest, Discovery Bay, went and won next time.

Aidan O’Brien’s Up is the interesting one in the four-runner Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Race for fillies.

The daughter of Galileo landed some decent wagers here in September, beating stable companion, Wonderful, by a length and three parts.

She followed that by finishing just over two lengths fourth behind American horse, Stephanie’s Kitten, in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in early November.

The selection faces three useful older horses now, but has between 3lbs and 11lbs in hand of them and gets the nod.

O’Brien’s Unanimous was a failed gamble at the Curragh ten days ago, trailing in a remote seventh behind Amira’s Prince.

He never at any stage promised to deliver, but perhaps the soft ground was against him and it might be worth risking the colt in the Fund Raising Made Easy At Dundalk Maiden.

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