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Dundalk preview

Updated: Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 00:24 | Comments

The action at Dundalk gets underway at 2.10pm
The action at Dundalk gets underway at 2.10pm

Steps To Freedom warms up for another tilt at York's Ebor Handicap in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Red God' Handicap, the feature event at Dundalk.

Jessica Harrington's smart dual-purpose performer was narrowly held in the Grade Three Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary last month and he is no stranger to winning on the Polytrack at the County Louth venue.

However, conceding lumps of weight to the likes of Kingdom, who won at Fairyhouse last month, and the progressive Salhooda won't be easy.

The latter represents Dermot Weld, who has a strong hand in the Bar One Racing Mourne Handicap courtesy of Lake District.

The application of a visor, as well as a gelding operation, certainly had the desired effect as the son of Raven's Pass landed a gamble with ease at Cork 12 days ago and there could be plenty more to come.

Fellow Weld inmate Flying Jib gets the chance to build on a promising Curragh debut when she lines up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Two divisions of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap provide punters with tricky puzzles to solve.

The first instalment features The Black Devil, who has remained in fine form since his victory at Clonmel in May, while Joseph O'Brien is an eye-catching booking for Tsar Paul half an hour later and the eight-year-old gelding has looked to be crying out for this step up to a mile.

O'Brien will be hopeful of scoring for his father Aidan when he rides Nymph in the Bar One Racing Telebetting 1800 624 524 Maiden.

Although clearly not one of Ballydoyle's leading lights, the Galileo filly has shown enough in two starts to suggests she can give likely favourite Orator something to think about.

Racing gets under way at 2.10 with the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Rated Race, in which Toccata Blue bids to continue his good form after narrowly missing out on a double at Down Royal last month.

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