Dolce N Karama, having a 13th outing, can finally get lucky and enjoy a belated turn in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey And Trainer Championship Rated Race at Dundalk tonight.
Trained by Pat Shanahan, this will be his 11th run of the current campaign and there are reasonably solid grounds for believing his time has arrived. The three-year-old produced one of his better efforts at Leopardstown on his latest appearance, finishing a length and a quarter second behind Stronger Than Me in what was a competitive ten furlongs, 17-runner handicap.
A change of tactics were adopted on that occasion and Dolce N Karama looked more than happy bowling along in front.
He will surely be asked to power ahead from the start again now, dropping down two furlongs in trip. As well as that the booking of the talented 5lbs claimer, Luke Dempsey, is a plus, as is a welcome break for Dolce N Karama of 31 days.
The likes of Charlie Bear and Indian Tomahawk bring useful enough form to the table in the Dundalk Stadium-Light Up Your Night Maiden, but do nevertheless shape as vulnerable.
Accordingly, the vote falls on John Oxx’s first-timer, Dubai Crown, who is by a good stallion in Dubawi.
Stoichkov gets the vote to add to his success here on Friday night, in the Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Handicap.
He made a lot of the running then, under a fine drive from Keith Quinn, to hold Beat The Ballot by three parts of a length. Quinn renews acquaintances and Stoichkov, who goes up by 7lbs in the future, should go close, under a mandatory 5lbs penalty.
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