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Dundalk preview

Updated: Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 14:04 | Comments

First race at Dundalk gets under way at 2.40pm on Sunday
First race at Dundalk gets under way at 2.40pm on Sunday

The best is saved until last at Dundalk on Sunday with €30,000 up for grabs to the winner of the closing Irish Stallion Farms EBF Red God Handicap.

Ger Lyons won the race with Saxo Jack 12 months ago and this year relies on Azurite, a winner on his sole visit to this venue last November.

Panama Hat has won his last four on turf and bids to defy an 11lb rise in the weights as he switches to Polytrack, while Vastonea aims to pick up another valuable prize after his victory at the Galway Festival.

The John Oxx-trained The Big Cat Is interesting on his handicap debut after a taking maiden success at Naas.

Rummaging hasn't been seen since his victory here in March and goes for a double under top weight in the Bar One Racing Mourne Handicap.

David Marnane launches a three-pronged assault on the six-furlong event with Zalty, who ran a ran a big race when fourth in the Skybet Dash at York last month, and last-time-out Curragh scorer Hi Emperor of particular interest.

Marnane could get the afternoon off to a good start in the first race with Almadaa, who sets the form standard in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Rated Race at 2.40pm.

Toscanini has an excellent opportunity to gain a deserved success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Mick Halford's Shamardal colt made it three consecutive silver medals in hot company when just losing out to subsequent Phoenix Stakes winner Dick Whittington at the Curragh last week and this represent a drop in class.

Qualify gets the chance to build on a good third in a Leopardstown Group Three when she contests the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, while Mansuri will be looking to put his experience to good use in the Bar One Racing Telebetting 1800 624 524 Maiden.

The Black Devil will have to defy top weight if he is to land the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Handicap for the second year running.

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