Stack harbours Lincoln doubts
Fozzy Stack believes Onenightidreamed could be under-priced in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh.
The lightly raced four-year-old heads the betting for the fiercely competitive handicap on the first day of the Flat turf season, despite having been off the track since finishing third over the course and distance last spring in just his third competitive start.
Stack, assistant trainer to his father Tommy, also feels the chestnut gelding is drawn on the wrong side of the track.
He said: "I think he's a very short price for what he's done. He hasn't run since last May and it's a very competitive race.
"He ran well in a similar race last season as a three-year-old and he'll love the soft ground, but he's drawn low (stall five), which is a worry.
"I'd definitely preferred to have been drawn higher as when the ground is soft they tend to come up the stands side."
Mick Halford last won this valuable prize with Deauville Prince in 2007 and is double-handed this year, with Hasanour and Kings Ryker in contention.
Halford said: "Shane (Foley) rides Hasanour as he's got a weight he can ride at. He ran well in the (Irish) Cambridgeshire last year and he's ready to go, but he wouldn't want any more rain. If it goes soft I think he might struggle.
"Kings Ryker has a good draw (stall 10) and is an unexposed horse with a light weight. Hopefully he'll run well, but he wouldn't want the ground too soft, either.
"We'll find out how forward the horses are on Sunday. The Dundalk horses have been in good form all winter, so we'll see how those horses that haven't run since last season are this weekend. They seem fit and well, so fingers crossed."
Yorkshire-based trainer Karl Burke is hopeful You're Fired can make the trip across the Irish Sea worthwhile.
He said: "We're going there very hopeful. I think he'll like the track and the trip and he's a progressive horse. He finished last season with a couple of OK runs. He's been gelded over the winter, which I think will really improve him."