Calgacus ready to strike

Dermot Weld’s Calgacus should now be primed to strike and gets the nap in the IRadio IRL Maiden at Dundalk tonight.

The son of Galileo only hinted at possessing ability in one outing as a juvenile, but the evidence of his seasonal debut at Leopardstown is that he may have made plenty of improvement from two to three.

Calgacus went of an unconsidered 16-1 shot then, but ran a cracker to finish third behind Azamata and Dynamite Dixie.

The form is undoubtedly ordinary, but there was lots to like about the way he stayed on at the end of ten furlongs and can now build on that promising effort.

Mark Johnston sends two horses to the meeting and one of them, Van Ellis, is difficult to oppose in the IRadio IWork Maiden for colts and geldings.

He only made his debut at Newmarket 16 days ago in a contest worth over £81,000 to the winner. The race housed several previous winners and he managed a most respectable fifth behind Jeremy Noseda’s well regarded Valbchek.

Gordon Elliott’s Cause Of Causes, beaten at odds of 2-9 by Brecan Boy at Downpatrick, can deliver in the opening Maiden Hurdle at Kilbeggan.


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