On-song Political Policy back for more at Dundalk
Political Policy has really flown the flag for Balrath trainer Gavin Cromwell at Dundalk and the progressive gelding bids for a sixth victory in just over three months on the Polytrack in the feature Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap.
The ultra-tough son of Bushranger steps up to a mile and a half for the first time, having gained his impressive recent run of success from a mile up to an extended 10 furlongs.
Sean Corby renews his association with the five-year-old, who has gone up a total of 29lb, having been on board for two of those five wins.
Dangers abound among his 11 rivals, including Brosnan, twice a runner-up behind Political Policy, and the Eddie Lynam-trained Break My Mind.
Michael Halford is usually the first port of call when searching for winners at Dundalk, and Roman Umpero looks another for Copper Beech Stables in the Big Bad Bob Maiden.
The Holy Roman Emperor colt has shown definite promise on both outings to date, including when beating all bar Alphonsus over course and distance just before Christmas.
Halford sends out a strong double challenge in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap, with Skerray Rules and In The Dark both holding obvious chances.
Tracey Collins also does well with her team on the all-weather, and the speedy Chiclet bids to record her fourth win here over the minimum trip in the opening Jolly January Dining Special Handicap.
The Curragh trainer has prospects of a double on the evening with So Sensible, who is one to note in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Rated Race.
The Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap has been divided to form an eight-race card, and Usain will try to recoup losses in division two.
The Paul Nolan-trained gelding was the subject of a massive gamble here last month, while Swift Harry could prove the answer to division one.