Deep Speed can finally get it right

The consistent, but frustrating, Deep Speed can finally get it right in the Dundalk Stadium-Light Up Your Night Maiden on the all-weather this evening.

He’s never been out of the first four in five runs, but the fact has finished runner-up on three occasions is obvious cause for concern.

There is no indication, however, that the Invincible Spirit colt is less than genuine and he looks well worth the risk.

Indeed, on this track last time, it was an inability to settle that certainly didn’t help his cause.

He was eventually beaten half a length into second by the far from neglected in the market, Snow Scene, and was just a short head in front of one of his main dangers now, the third placed Lean And Keen.

The selection drops back over two furlongs in trip, probably not ideal, but his partner, Joseph O’Brien, rides this course particularly well and it will be no surprise should he make plenty of use of Deep Speed.

Miller Beach has the worst of the draw in 14 and must hump top weight of 10-2, but is still the choice in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race And Stay Package Handicap.

Johnny Levins’ charge made light of being drawn 13 here five days ago, shooting home a comfortable two lengths clear and is fancied to defy a mandatory 5lbs penalty. That gives Miller Beach a little in hand, as he goes up by 7lbs in the future.

Ger Lyons’ Vector Force gets a hopeful nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for colts and geldings.

He’s clearly no star, but his length second to Michael Halford’s Zarib at Dundalk last month entitles him to at least go close.

The form received a minor boost when the fifth then, Pretty Angel, scored here last Wednesday night.

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