He won here in early December, racing prominently throughout and finding plenty in the closing stages to beat The Dancing Lord by half a length.
The grey then returned to Dundalk two weeks later and this time was mugged in the final strides by The Dancing Lord and beaten a head into second. Both of those contests were over a mile, but dropping down to seven furlongs should not be a problem to this tough sort.
Peter Casey’s Rose Angel is the fancy in the one-mile wwww.dundalkstadium.com Handicap. She too has indicated a real preference for this surface in the past and is certainly progressive.
Rose Angel is already an easy winner over course and distance and was in action again at Dundalk a week ago.
The five-year-old produced arguably her best effort to date, finishing half a length runner-up behind Sharjah, over an extended ten furlongs that was surely further than she cared to travel.
The aforementioned Sharjah, yet another who clearly loves the delights of Dundalk, can defy a 4lbs rise in the weights in the Happy New Year To All Our Patrons Handicap.
Jessica Harrington’s once-raced Period Piece gets the vote in a competitive looking Elusive Pimpernel Maiden.
She ran very green when coming from off the pace to be beaten a length by Sgt Rock here last month and can make light of a bad draw, stepping up an extra furlong in trip.