Dundalk’s all-weather track has played host to quite a few horses that have gone on to greater things.
A winner at the Breeders’ Cup meeting has had an outing at the venue known affectionately as ‘The Mash’ in the days when the track was covered in grass, and at the recent Royal Ascot get-together three winners had Dundalk form.
Continuing the good run, Mayson (right), failed to find the frame on the sand when brought over from England by Richard Fahey last year, but improved considerably in the meantime to win the prestigious July Cup at the big Newmarket meeting a fortnight ago.
What odds an Epsom Derby winner having Dowdallshill form on his card? Around 10/1 say the bookies.
That’s the price being quoted about Mars for next year’s renewal of England’s premier Classic after the Aidan O’Brien-trained two-year-old dashed to an impressive debut win over seven furlongs at last Monday week’s local meeting. The handsome chestnut was well touted beforehand, and went off an odds-on chance.
The trainer’s son, Joseph, in cracking form of late, had the mount, and he took Mars to the front early on, and after that defied the others to catch him. None of them could, and it ended with the favourite winning hard held, as they say. His progress over the coming months will be followed with interest.
Dundalk is next scheduled to race on August 19, when there will also be a big greyhound meeting, but there could be more meetings before then, or even after it, prior to the winter season getting underway. The rain of recent weeks has played havoc with trainers’ preparations, and many of them are crying out for more all-weather fixtures.
Whatever about racegoers, the track is proving very popular with the handlers.