Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Solo goes for repeat performance

All-weather racing

Solo Performer attempts to uphold form with a couple of old foes when he takes the plunge in the feature race beneath the Dundalk floodlights.

The Harry Rogers-trained eight-year-old had the returning duo of Gretzky and Paddy The Celeb well held over this mile-and-a-half trip towards the end of March.

Now he gets the chance to add further credence to that half-length success in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap.

Solo Performer is 3lb higher than when he struck last month, but he won at Dundalk over an extended mile and a quarter in January 2012 off this same mark of 90.

Chris Hayes has won six races aboard the gelded son of Distant Music and renews the partnership in the 20,000 euro contest.

Among the opposition is Fairview Star, a recent course-and-distance winner. Eoin Griffin's charge successfully switched to the Flat following a rather inauspicious spell over hurdles and in bumpers.

Something Graceful is also entitled to improve for her fifth-placed finish in a mile-and-a-half handicap at the Curragh a fortnight ago.

Jim Bolger's four-year-old filly appeared ill at ease on the soft ground and remains 3lb lower in the weights than when she won over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown last August.

There could be plenty more to come from Muizenberg Nights in the Hen & Stag Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap after she broke her duck over this same track and trip earlier this month, though Tommy Stack's filly faces some in-form rivals in the shape of Versilia Gal, Monakova and Toberton.

The Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Maiden brings proceedings to a close and Dermot Weld's Spirit Of Concorde is sure to be very popular. The Authorized gelding has found only one too good on both starts to date and he should be sharper for his recent reappearance run.

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