It’s Dundalk for the second time this week for Alan Dudman, who is using the Extra Place Specials on two races for a 119/1 each-way double…
“Dropped another 1lb for for a length defeat is generous, and considering he was given a rating of 74 as a 3yo, surely he can still achieve something from his mark of 67.”
MacRedmond to claim some scalps on filly
I had a shocker the last time I tipped at Dundalk, so hopefully Friday can change the fortune as we attempt two big prices to play for an each-way double, and we can use the Extra Place Special for both to get paid down to four places on each.
First up is She’s Good Company, who is somewhat limited, but 0-65 is her level and this looks a typical wide-open affair.
I like her draw in 12 as coming furthest away from the far side is a plus these days and having tried 1m and 1m4f, the in-between distance tonight is her optimum.
Last time out she finished third over CD, a race not at run at a searching pace, and She’s Good Company can be slightly vulnerable with a test of speed. She races off the same mark of 50, but she’s consistent with a good attitude and usually comes late and wide. That was the case when she won on the turf in September, and she has the ideal stall position to pull off the same tactic.
I am a fan of the 5lb apprentice Cian MacRedmond, who takes the ride on a filly in receipt of plenty of weight.
A resurrection in form to come for Tolstoy
Two horses that came out of Skontovski’s win last time both re-engage with Stop On Red and Aleksey Tolstoy, who were both fourth and fifth respectively in that race, and while initially I looked at Stop On Red at 13/2, I cannot help but feel that the latter is too big at 9/1. We also have the Extra Place Special to utilise four positions for an each-way double.
He’d shown some ability as a juvenile at the track for Michael O’Callaghan in 2020, but was only seen once as a 3yo in the following season and was beaten out of sight.
Whatever problems he may have faced that stopped him from getting on the racetrack, he seems to be in better shape these days with two runs for new trainer Gavin Cromwell. He shaped well at a BSP of 110 just before Christmas at Dundalk behind Gordon Elliott’s Business – who subsequently won again yesterday to complete the hat-trick, and he wasn’t a million miles away from him on his comeback run.
Aleksey Tolstoy was also ridden far off the pace behind Business, but a change of tactics last time over CD resulted in an improved effort behind the previously mentioned Skontonovski. While he was in a more suitable position compared to some of his rivals in terms of attacking off the pace, it was a bit more like it from a horse who has clearly had issues.
Dropped another 1lb for for a length defeat is generous, and considering he was given a rating of 74 as a 3yo, surely he can still achieve something from his mark of 67.
The draw in seven could be helpful, as once again we have seen with Dundalk this week, nearside is most certainly the place to be.
His namesake was something of an enigma in Russian society however and wasn’t quite as feted as his relation Leo. George Orwell wasn’t a fan, but at least he is well-named, as ‘the other Tolstoy’ wrote The Adventures Of Buratino. Named of course after his sire, but he’ll need to go a long way to beat Leo Tolstoy as a sire, as the had 13 children!
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