Dreaming of a big price winner in feature
Leg 1: Back Dream Today @ 9/1 in the 18:15 at Dundalk
An up to the mark 0-100 handicap is the high spot on the Dundalk card this evening with three 90-rated horses bidding for glory.
While there are a few improvers down at the bottom of the weights, the 9/1 price on Dream Today looks too tempting to turn down.
He performed with credit in a couple of strong handicaps on the turf, including the Premier Joe McGrath last time out at the Curragh over 5f. He didn't quite have the natural pace to lie up with the early speed, but once he hit his stride, he came there full of running at the halfway point albeit in the group furthest away from the stands' side.
Dream Today and his stablemate Laugh A Minute both met trouble in the closing stages and while he might not have won, he would have gone close. That effort was off the back of another crack in a strong race at Leopardstown.
The cheekpieces come back on this evening instead of the visor and he can still win races from his current mark of 91 in relation to his old Meydan form with Jamie Osborne in the UK.
He's unexposed at Dundalk with just one effort at the venue, but the form of that looked strong, backed up by the clock too. A return to 7f looks justified too for his top trainer Ado McGuinness.
Shield can be a star against younger rivals
Leg 2: Back Star Shield @ 15/2 in the 19:00 at Newcastle
The second leg of the double takes us to Newcastle, and I would usually be sucked into an unexposed Saeed bin Suroor horse, but Wild Lion won a poor race last time and he looks a little short in the betting.
I prefer the 15/2 on David O'Meara's Star Shield, even though he's a horse who hasn't won for a while.
His mark has dropped below 80 for the first time this evening and this looks a slightly easier race than some of the Haydock races he has been competing in - including a fifth in the Thirsk Summer Cup.
With a good draw, he can outrun his odds.
Cross Sport Double
Leg 1: Perfect News - 14:25 Newmarket
Timeform says: "Perfect News is a progressive filly who opened her account at Carlisle in August and appreciated the step up to seven furlongs when resuming winning ways in a nursery over course and distance last time. That was a useful performance from what looked a stiff enough mark of 93 and she won't need to improve much further to make her mark back in pattern company."
Back Croatia Win To Nil @ 1.748/11 v Cyprus
Tobias Gourlay says: "Since exiting this summer's Euros after that extraordinary game with Spain, Croatia have notched clean sheets in three straight World Cup qualifiers - against better teams than Cyprus (Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia). The run means they have not conceded a goal in five straight qualifiers going back to a 1-0 defeat in Slovenia in March."
"Cyprus also played three times last month, losing all three games without scoring by a combined 0-7. Including friendlies, they've managed just a single goal across their last nine outings, which include a 0-1 loss in Croatia. We're backing the Blazers to get the job done tonight - and to keep another clean sheet."