Michael Halford’s Arif can land the one-mile Elusive Pimpernel Maiden at Dundalk tonight.
The son of Nayef made a promising debut on this track last month and has to be fancied to build on that. The selection was in no hurry to understand what was required and had plenty to do early in the straight.
But then the penny began to drop and he came home strongly to finish three parts of a length second behind David Marnane’s newcomer, Emperor Bob.
Arif is surely entitled to come on a bundle for the experience and stepping up an extra furlong can only work in his favour.
Sister Slew gets the vote in the Jolly January Dining Handicap. She was partnered by 5lbs claimer Robbie Downey when beating Basilica by half a length at Dundalk two weeks ago.
The five-year-old has gone up 3lbs for that, but the talented 7lbs claimer, Donnacha O’Brien, now takes over in the plate.
Johnny Levins’ Your Pal Tal, who was raised 7lbs for scoring by a snug length and three quarters here last time, may well be up to defying the extra in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap where Cprker Hill looks the danger..
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