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Stick with Rosenborg and see him bounce back to winning form; Alan Sweetman BEST BETS IN IRELAND.

Rosenborg Rider 5.30 Dundalk 1pt win Despite his failure to run to expectations when favourite for a mile claimer at last Friday's meeting, it could pay to give Rosenborg Rider another chance at the Dundalk track.

Trainer Ado McGuinness trains the five-year-old for the Shamrock Syndicate, also owners of Master Speaker, a formerly frustrating horse who has been quite spectacularly reinvigorated since joining the yard.

Rosenborg Rider provided the owners with a handicap win at the venue in December, only a week after he had been an unplaced favourite at Wolverhampton.

The same pattern could transpire this evening, especially since the race involves a drop into claiming company. He is not badly off at the weights, and apprentice Thomas Sherry retains the partnership from last week, taking off 10lb. The youngster looked perfectly competent when opening his account on Aggression for Michael O'Callaghan at the venue in November.

Veteran Six Silver Lane continues in good form. However, having finished second in three of his last four visits to the venue he may have to settle for a minor share of the money again.

Nulife 8.30 Dundalk 2pts win After enjoying success on the jumping front at Thurles yesterday Denis Hogan can strike again with Nulife in a 1m4f handicap for horses in the 45-65 range.

The six-year-old son of Generous is a maiden on the Flat but contributed a handicap hurdle success for Hogan's dual-purpose yard at Wexford last July.

Given a break after finishing third to Gordon Elliott's in-form runner High Expectations on the Flat at Bellewstown in August, Nulife did not appear again until last Friday.

Considering he might have been expected to need the run he shaped very encouragingly in keeping for third place behind California Lad, an excellent yardstick to current Dundalk form, that being his third win since the beginning of December.

The key question now is whether Nulife can reverse form with last week's second Shake The Bucket, a great old campaigner still maintained in fine shape by the Madden family at the age of 11. On balance, one could expect Hogan's runner to overturn the length-and-a-half deficit.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2018
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