The filly has contested decent maidens thus far, and ran particularly well on the last couple of them. Fourth behind the speedy Know on her penultimate start, she followed that up with another fine effort when third behind the potentially high-class Cool Thunder last time out at Naas.
On the latter occasion, she raced up the far-side while virtually all of her rivals came middle to stands’ side. However, she was still in contention with a furlong to go and it was only in the closing stages she was passed by one of tonight’s rivals, Paytheprice.
The drop back to five furlongs should prove a positive for the daughter of high-class sprinter Le Cadre Noir and, if she takes to the all-weather surface, could prove too quick for her old rival.
Melanna can take the finale for trainer James Barrett. The four-year-old showed promise in three bumpers before having her attention turned to the flat code, in which she began by running a fine fourth behind Spin Point.
Next time she was a well-beaten second behind Avenante on ground that was likely too soft, and that was followed by a close second behind Synopsis at the Curragh.
She made her all-weather debut last month and was pitched in to a listed race won by Fire Fighting. Not disgraced on that occasion, she has her sights lowered significantly and deserves a breakthrough. She is preferred to Eagle Valley and Valentana.
Jamesie can concede all weight around in the Dundalk Stadium Light Up Your Night Handicap, over six furlongs. Dropped to the minimum distance for a listed race on his most recent start, he was out the back early but stayed on nicely to finish fifth behind British challenger Take Cover.
The extra furlong of today’s race is an obvious plus and the classy performer can prove too good for his five rivals.
Times In Anatefka can take the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap for the second consecutive year. From the stable of Adrian Joyce, she won his race last year off a mark of 48, and followed up less than a fortnight later.
Although returning from a break of more than four months for this race, her best runs come at this time of year and she is just 1lb higher than in 2014. With Gary Halpin taking 5lbs off, the mare should go very close.