Bairns St Bay can open account in fillies maiden

Bairns St Bay will be strongly fancied to open her account for Ger Lyons and Anamoine Lt d in the Ladbrokes Fillies Maiden in Dundalk tonight.

Bairns St Bay can open account in fillies maiden

The Big Bad Bob filly has performed creditably in her three outings to date, filling the runner-up berth in her last two starts and earning an official mark of 78, which should be good enough to win a polytrack maiden in mid-February.

Fourth to Sparklingsovereign on her debut, Bairns St Bay was then beaten a length by Sharaasa and, last time, she started favourite to beat 94-rated Avenue Montaigne, which had previously run well in a listed event in Newmarket.

The selection was no match for John Murphy’s filly, but looks progressive. With the step-up to a mile expected to bring more improvement, Colin Keane’s mount sets a fair standard. Market support for Dermot Weld’s debutante Petit Adagio would be significant.

Few trainers place their horses better than Tracey Collins and, despite top-weight, her Captains Dilemma must have a big chance in the seven-furlong Ladbrokes Handicap. Runner-up to Elusive In Paris over course and distance last time and with Philip Donovan claiming a valuable 7lb., he has solid claims.

The Collins-trained Indian Landing, bidding for a hat-trick, will be among the leading fancies for the Ladbrokes Download The App Handicap. Another hat-trick seeker — Andy Oliver’s Have A Great Day — is a tentative choice in the hope that an extra-furlong and his rate of improvement might counteract a 9lb. hike in the weights.

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