Race of the Day - 20:30 Dundalk
One and a half miles on the artificial surface at Dundalk tonight, in what is a useful looking contest.
Michael Smith, although not having a huge amount of runners, has an outrageously good record at Dundalk over the last five years. He has had 10 winners from 38 runners (26.32%) for a level stakes profit of 62.25. He runs Winter Lion here tonight, and he is definitely worth a closer look at 10/1.
There is very little green on the Instant Expert tab for this race. Ancient Sands has two sections, course and going, which pretty much go hand in hand due to it being on the all weather. He also has section of amber for the distance, and is just two pounds higher than for his last win, so has to enter calculations and warrants further inspection.
There looks to be quite a bit of early pace in this race, with Ringside Humour, Winter Lion and Carried all likely to be at the front of affairs early on. Interestingly, half of the field like to be held up quite often in their races, therefore how the race is going to pan out will be intriguing.
Horses drawn towards the middle have a small advantage here over this distance, but it is definitely nothing to write home about and I certainly wouldn't put somebody off a runner they fancy, just because it was drawn in a wide berth.
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Ancient Sands has a definite liking for Dundalk. He has raced here five times, been placed in all five and won four of them, for level stakes profits of 33.88 (win) and 44.85 (place), which is incredible going. He showed up reasonably well on the Instant Expert report as well, so is impossible to ignore in this race. He is the current favourite at 7/2, and I certainly wouldn't put anyone off backing him at that price.
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