Fresh from picking up the Flat honour at the Horse Racing Ireland awards at Leopardstown on Monday, Johnny Murtagh aims for more success at Dundalk on Wednesday night.
Hardstone, who is Murtagh’s only runner on the seven-race card at the all-weather venue, offered plenty of promise when third on his debut and will be tough to beat in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden.
Screenshot and Vector Force hit the crossbar on their last couple of appearances, while Henson did the same behind the 87-rated Ubiquitous Mantle at Bellewstown on his only previous outing back in the summer.
Elusive Ice was strongly fancied to make a successful return from a year on the sidelines here last month, and although she could only manage second, the run will have blown away any cobwebs. There will be plenty who will keep the faith in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Maiden.
Just the five runners go to post for the opening Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap (6.20), but all but one arrive in winning form, with Majestic Timeline and Above The Law seeking hat-tricks.
Miller Beach justified favouritism at this venue last week but a 5lb penalty means he has the steadier of 10st 2lb in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Package Handicap as he drops down in trip.
Juara dug deep to score over the course and distance of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (Div 1) a fortnight ago, while Mosman Park sprung a surprise at the same meeting and attempts to prove it was no fluke in the second division.
Little separated Street Party and Caged Lightning in Juara's race and they drop in distance for the Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Handicap.