Primo Uomo poised to make amends in Dundalk

After a couple of runner-up finishes, Primo Uomo can get his turn in the opening race on tonight’s opening race at Dundalk.
Primo Uomo poised to make amends in Dundalk

The five-furlong handicaps which tend to open these programmes are typically competitive but the selection has run well enough in two of them to suggest he can make the breakthrough.

Perhaps he saw too much daylight when apparently out-battled by Chiclet on his penultimate start, and may have hit the front too soon when run out of it late by Kiss The Stars last time out.

But the ability is certainly there, and if Gary Halpin, who takes off a handy 5lbs, can find cover until very late in the day, Gerard O’Leary’s four-year-old should earn an overdue second career victory.

The danger may come from Geological, who ran well behind Chiclet over course and distance last month, and is open to further improvement.

The two divisions of the Big Bad Bob Maiden look difficult but if Love In The Sun can show a little improvement from her promising debut here in October, she’ll take beating.

On that occasion she finished fifth, beaten just two lengths, behind Embiyra, and the form of that outing has been boosted since.

Third-placed Scatterling won her maiden next time out, while fourth-placed In Her Stride did likewise.

Dermot Weld’s filly hasn’t run in more than four months, and her fitness must be taken on trust, but this doesn’t look the toughest of assignments.

She is preferred to Birthplace, who showed real promise on debut but never featured at this track last time.

She is open to improvement, but must leave that effort behind.

Charlies Missile attracted some support on his two starts and is likely better than the bare form.

Zilbiyr is just preferred to The Mouse Doctor in the second division.

The selection is trained by Michael Halford, who should have a good idea what is needed to account for the latter, having sent out Ebadan to land the maiden in which The Mouse Doctor finished third.

Zilbiyr had just one start, in a hot maiden at the Curragh in October, and was far from disgraced in finishing seventh of 11 behind Idaho.

He will have to improve on that effort, but the stable does particularly well in maidens at this track and he can enhance that record further.

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