CRACKER AT DUNDALK: Shamrock reckons it’s ‘go, go, go’ for a 10-1 cracker of a bet in a Dundalk handicap tonight. He also forecasts a 13.5 charge by a recent hurdle winner. Both horses are blinkered for the first time.

My man’s Murtagh today at Dundalk. I’m taking a chance on Takapour (9.25) as the tough-as-nails improver to follow up the success of another three-year-old, Priomhbhean, in the same race last year.

Priomhbhean is back for more and clearly Rock Critic cannot be discounted, though both horses were well out of contention last time out.

Johnny Murtagh also rides two paper favourites, Balmont Mast (6.15) and Boom To Bust (8.00), but you can pick those without me.

What I can tell you is that Ger Lyons is confident of a third win from four starters in the fillies’ handicap (8.30) via Johnny on Posh Cracker at around 10-1.

She’s had a break since an injury during her last run, and has been brought back to the track where she won her maiden, and with blinkers fitted for the first time. The clear message is ‘go, go, go.’

Wave (6.45) and Highflying (7.35) were both subject of speculation as to their pecking order among the better Ballydoyle juveniles.

No longer. But both have decent chances tonight, with Wave likely to show improvement for the trip, and Highflying – a Galileo – having Curia Regis and the more exposed Canaille to beat.

The money’s been down for Solar Verde (8.00) and Dermot Weld’s well-regarded Abdulla filly has the perfect draw in stall two. An Oasis Dream with a future, I’m told.

Back-and-lay fans will fancy Charger (13.5 on Betdaq this morning for the 9.00 handicap), with Gary Carroll booked for the all-the-way winner of a Downpatrick hurdle in August.

He looks set to go for it big time, with blinkers now applied to wake him up for this tilt at the Polytrack surface.

Hold on to your mouse until you see him fall (in the betting not onto the Polytrack, I hope!), then charge a fellow punter for the privilege of your win bet with a stakes-saving lay.

NAP: Takapour (9.25 Dundalk)
NEXT BEST: Solar Verde (8.00 Dundalk)
OUTSIDERS: Posh Cracker (8.30 Dundalk), Charger (9.00 Dundalk)
DAQ TRIO: Balmont Mast (6.15 Dundalk), Wave (6.45 Dundalk), Solar Verde (8.00 Dundalk), Takapour (9.25 Dundalk)

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