To say that Gordon Elliot’s charge is no star would be something of an understatement, but he does possess enough ability to land a modest contest such as this.
Raajih has run two reasonable races of late, handling very testing conditions when third behind Golden Wonder and Spring Heeled at Galway.
Then at Kilbeggan a week ago, on quick ground, he again performed well, although ultimately outclassed and beaten 14 lengths into second by hot pot, Sizing Machine.
The five-year-old wasn’t knocked about by Davy Condon when it became obvious the winner was far too good and there is no doubt this represents an easier assignment, than either Galway or Kilbeggan.
Willie Mullins Shamar, one could argue, is a certainty in the four-runner Tote Jackpot Races 3 To 6 Hurdle.
Venture Lazarus is a no-hoper and Shamar has 17lbs in hand of Lord Ben and 21lbs on King High. He arrives on the back of a solid effort at Galway, finishing a neck second behind Que Pasa.
Shamar does, however, need a fast surface to be seen to best effect and might possibly be vulnerable to Lord Ben.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge failed to stay two miles and six over fences at the track on Thursday night and could cause a mild surprise, especially if front-running tactics are adopted.
At Dundalk tomorrow, David Wachman’s Orator can finally get off the mark in the Bar One Racing Telebetting 1800 624524 Maiden.
The Galileo colt was returning from a two months break when beaten a length and a half by Manalapan at the Curragh last month. Manalapan went on to boost the form, landing a competitive handicap at Gowran Park on Wednesday.
Wachman can also provide the answer to the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden with Tap Dancing, who is fitted with cheek-pieces for the first time.
She went under by two lengths to Aidan O’Brien’s Bracelet at Leopardstown in June, it was 12 lengths back to the third, and faces nothing of that calibre now.
Ger Lyons’ Sniper gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden. He is taking a major drop in class, having finished six and a half lengths fifth of five behind Sudirman in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
At Tramore tomorrow, Pat Flynn’s Prince Chaparral, who won on the flat there on Thursday night, can crop up again in the Supporters’ Club Maiden Hurdle.