slattery to choose a victory; IRISH ROUND-UP Veteran can continue Andy's run.
Byline: PETER O'HEHIR
VETERAN sprinter Ucanchoose might continue the tremendous form of trainer Andy Slattery in the Holcroft Motors Sprint Handicap in Bellewstown.
Slattery is enjoying his best ever season, with 15 wins to his credit. And, with his string in such fine fettle and ground conditions in his favour, 10-year-old Ucanchoose is expected to make a bold bid to record his first win since scoring in Naas in July of last year.
A course and distance winner in July 2014, off a mark 11lb higher than his current rating, Ucanchoose ran a solid race, from a bad draw, when sixth to Botanical Lady over six furlongs in Cork last time.
And, denied an intended run in Ayr last week when the meeting was abandoned, Ucanchoose could be set to register his ninth career success, despite the obvious claims of Calm Bay (drawn beside the selection) and top-weight Catwilldo, also course and distance winners.
The featured Drogheda Traders Plate Handicap, over a mile and a half, affords the Tony Martin-trained Artful Artist an opportunity to recoup losses incurred by his supporters in Galway and Killarney in recent weeks.
Runner-up to Water Sprite over two miles in Galway, he again finished second when chasing home Le Vagabond at Killarney last week and, although dropping in trip (which is a concern), he still looks well enough-treated to land a contest of this type.
Dermot Weld's Tarazani went up 11lb for a victory at Galway, on his seasonal debut, and deserves plenty of respect while John Oxx's Xebec and British raider Mica Mika, trained by Richard Fahey, also have solid claims.
The Aidan O'Brientrained Romanesque, successful on this track when making his debut last month, then ran a cracker when pitched into handicap company at Leopardstown, when collared late by Laws Of Spin.
He is preferred to Dermot Weld's lightly-raced four-year-old Radanpour, a listed winner last season and considered good enough to contest last year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
Meanwhile, Dream Walker, which continued Yorkshire trainer Brian Ellison's remarkable record in the Ahonoora Handicap on the final day of the Galway Festival, is one of four British-trained acceptors for Sunday's Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh.
The seven-year-old pounced late for a narrow win in Galway. He was raised 4lb for that victory and is set to carry 9-2 on Sunday, 8lb below the top-weight Brenan Brackan. And he'll be re-united with Chris Hayes who rode him at Ballybrit.
Dermot Weld's unbeaten filly Rose De Pierre, a Group 3 winner at Cork last time, is among 19 entries (which also include her stable-companions Discipline and Adool) for the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes, one of three Group 3 events on the Curragh card.
READY TO BOUNCE BACK Artful Artist in tonight's 7.00pm
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 24, 2016|
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