Ever-popular Gordon Lord Byron takes Dundalk test

Friday, Dec 8 2017

A couple of old favourites head the list for the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap on Friday night.

At the summit of the weights is Tom Hogan's grand campaigner Gordon Lord Byron, who has shown that he retains plenty of zest for the game during a busy 2017 that started on January 12 and has seen him face the starter on no less than 15 occasions, with the highlight his Group Two triumph in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.

He is followed by Captain Joy, who gave Tracy Collins a day to remember when winning the 2016 All-Weather Mile Final at Lingfield and is a real Dundalk specialist.

The veterans take on some in-form performers, though, not least Katiymann and Secret Wizard, while Elleval and Sanus Per Aquam also have the talent to get involved.

Clear Skies has been a revelation this winter and goes for a five-timer in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap.

Aidan O'Brien's filly racked up her four wins in the space of a little over three weeks, but now tackles two miles for the first time.

Joseph O'Brien introduces well-related Derby entry Subjudice in the Winter Series At Dundalk 2018 Maiden, and the son of Galileo is joined by battle-hardened stablemates Darkolva and Medal Of Honour.

The one to beat might be the Michael Halford-trained Port Lions, who offered plenty of encouragement in turf maidens, most recently in a Curragh race won by Saxon Warrior.

French import Dhafeera went close on her first outing for Ger Lyons here last month, and she will be fancied to go one better in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Maiden.

Last week's runner-up Snow Patch attempts to do the same in the Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk Stadium Nursery Handicap, and Honor Oak arrives at the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap on the back of two runner-up finishes.

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