AN eight-race afternoon card at Dundalk will come as a blessed relief to stir crazy racing punters and AERCLUB (2.00) can put a smile back on their faces.
Henry de Bromhead has kept the colt under wraps since making a successful start to his career over course and distance in November. Joseph O'Brien's runner-up Dune Of Pilat has franked the form but winning his two subsequent starts, the most recent by eight lengths at Southwell off a mark of 92, so Aerclub seems a worthy favourite, despite conceding upwards of 5lb to his five rivals. O'Brien saddles his filly Line Judge, third on debut 63 days ago, but the main threat may well be brother Donnacha's Flower Garland, a six lengths winner here four weeks ago.
In the 1m 2f maiden Joseph O'Brien goes to war with short-price favourite Juliet Rose but slight preference is for DUTCH ADMIRAL (3.00) at more enticing odds. Despite starting an unconsidered 66-1 ‘rag' Dutch Admiral fared well (fourth) against some smart rivals in a Listed contest over a mile three weeks ago won by O'Brien's Crossfirehurricane. Juliet Rose found hot favourite China's Storm a head too good over course and distance in February and the daughter of Camelot looks a strong stayer on that evidence.
The handicaps look tough but FOLLOWMEFOLLOWYOU (3.30) is a bit more consistent than some of her rivals and wouldn't need to improve much on a second to odds-on Happaugue a fortnight ago to go close. Formerly trained by Mark Johnston, she stays further than this 1m 2f trip and gets the vote over Tio Esteban, a comfortable scorer wearing a first-time hood but anchored by a 9lb rise in a better race a week later.