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Updated: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 15:17 | Comments

Racing at Dundalk is off at 6.15
Racing at Dundalk is off at 6.15

Strategic Heights goes for a four-timer in the iRadio Race Night Simon Stakes Apprentice Handicap at Dundalk on Friday night.

John Feane's five-year-old has been in rare form at the all-weather circuit, winning three times in the space of a fortnight in February, most recently under Robbie Downey, who is back on board here.

Queen Grace was only three-quarters of a length adrift of him last time, though, and reopposes on 5lb better terms, while Catwilldo beat Strategic Heights in January, although the placings were reversed the time after and she's hit the crossbar again since.

Coto and Dancing Zafeen cut little ice at the business end of the opening juvenile race of the season at the Curragh but the experience won't be lost on them, although it will be disappointing if there isn't something better among the newcomers in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (6.15), with 120,000-euro yearling Not Really catching the eye.

Boughtforasong couldn't quite supplement her 6f success when faced with an extra furlong here last week, but she reverts to her winning distance in the iRadio Race Night Handicap and will be tough to beat.

Shabra Emperor was the conqueror of Boughtforasong seven days ago and now has the steadier of 10st 4lb in the iRadio Race Night Moore And Moyles' Mile Handicap.

The Aidan O'Brien team hasn't exactly hit the ground running and Duarte Fernandes looked nothing other than ordinary on his sole racecourse appearance, but it is interesting that the Ballydoyle handler perseveres with the half-brother to Breeders' Cup winner Halfbridled, and he returns to action in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Race & Stay Package Maiden.

Iron Major strives to back up his recent track success in the iRadio Race Night D'Arcy Derby Rated Race, and Merry Mast won on the same card and now goes for the iRadio Race Night Cooper O'Carroll Capalls Handicap.


John Feane's five-year-old has been in rare form at the all-weather circuit, winning three times in the space of a fortnight in February, most recently under Robbie Downey, who is back on board here.

Queen Grace was only three-quarters of a length adrift of him last time, though, and reopposes on 5lb better terms, while Catwilldo beat Strategic Heights in January, although the placings were reversed the time after and she's hit the crossbar again since.

Coto and Dancing Zafeen cut little ice at the business end of the opening juvenile race of the season at the Curragh but the experience won't be lost on them, although it will be disappointing if there isn't something better among the newcomers in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (6.15), with 120,000-euro yearling Not Really catching the eye.

Boughtforasong couldn't quite supplement her 6f success when faced with an extra furlong here last week, but she reverts to her winning distance in the iRadio Race Night Handicap and will be tough to beat.

Shabra Emperor was the conqueror of Boughtforasong seven days ago and now has the steadier of 10st 4lb in the iRadio Race Night Moore And Moyles' Mile Handicap.

The Aidan O'Brien team hasn't exactly hit the ground running and Duarte Fernandes looked nothing other than ordinary on his sole racecourse appearance, but it is interesting that the Ballydoyle handler perseveres with the half-brother to Breeders' Cup winner Halfbridled, and he returns to action in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Race & Stay Package Maiden.

Iron Major strives to back up his recent track success in the iRadio Race Night D'Arcy Derby Rated Race, and Merry Mast won on the same card and now goes for the iRadio Race Night Cooper O'Carroll Capalls Handicap.
 

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