Bravery to get off the mark at Dundalk

Bravery can get off the mark at the third time of asking by taking the fifth race on tonight’s seven-race card at Dundalk.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt showed real promise in just one start as a juvenile, and made an encouraging return to action when sixth, beaten just five lengths, behind Embiran on soft ground last month at the Curragh.

The form of that race looks strong relative to tonight’s task, and it received a boost when fourth-placed Claudio Monteverdi, a stable companion of the selection, won next time.

This surface shouldn’t be an issue for Bravery, and he can be expected to prove too good for Mittersill.

The latter holds a rating of 81 following three good runs in decent maidens and shouldn’t have to wait too long before earning his turn.

For today, however, he may have to settle for a minor role once more.

Eagle Valley can take the finale for Tracey Collins and jockey Pat Smullen.

The four-year-old got off the mark at this track in December and, after a couple of months off, made a successful debut on the snow at St Moritz, in February.

She returned to the turf at Cork last month, but failed to make any impact on heavy ground. That effort is easily forgiven, and the filly can earn quick return to the winner’s enclosure here.

With only five rivals, it could turn into a tactical affair, and in such circumstances there are few better than the champion jockey. 

If he sends the daughter of Mastercraftsman to the front early, she will be very hard to pass.

Our Manekineko can reverse previous form with Coreczka, and chase the selection home.

Fire Tree made a reasonable seasonal debut at Leopardstown just 12 days ago and, back on the all-weather, where his sole success as a juvenile came, he can take the one-mile handicap for three-year-olds.

On his return, he wasn’t beaten far behind the unbeaten Va Pensiero, but the ground was heavy that day and wouldn’t have aided his cause. 

That effort suggested there should be improvement in him this term, and he can land the spoils for David Wachman and jockey Connor King.

The danger may come from A Shin Impala, who was runner-up twice before making the breakthrough here last month.

There should be more to come from him, and he should go well despite having to carry top weight.


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