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Shorter gap at Dundalk

Dundalk will tonight trial a 25-minute gap between races, an idea recommended by a recent HRI-commissioned report into how to make the race-day experience a more attractive one for punters.

Only time will tell if such minor tinkering has any impact in terms of attendance, though the practicality of implementing the measure effectively is likely to prove challenging. Four of the eight races have been allocated the shorter time frame, the last being a 10-furlong conditions race that features Takapour.

On official figures, Mick Halford's three-year-old has a bit to find with a few of his eight rivals, not least Rock Critic. Dermot Weld's dual Galway winner didn't run at all badly to be sixth in the Cambridgeshire on its latest start off a rating of 106.

A reproduction of that form might be enough, but Halford's 93-rated Takapour is in receipt of eight pounds.

While that means that he would still need to improve, his second successive triumph at the Louth venue last month, when he had 104 and 100-rated rivals in second and third, suggested that there may be more to come from him.

Meanwhile Davy Russell employed some effective front-running tactics on Roi Du Mee to inflict a shock defeat on odds-on favourite Forpadydeplasterer at Punchestown yesterday.

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