Joy for trainer Collins as she lands a memorable double
TRACEY Collins was the trainer in form at Dundalk as she landed a double with Captain Joy and Beat The Ballot.
Captain Joy, the mount of inform champion apprentice Ronan Whelan, defied a 6lb rise in the ratings for a track victory a fortnight ago in the Christmas Race & Dine Packages Handicap.
The race developed into a duel through the closing stages and the 6-4 favourite managed to overhaul Akasaka in the final 50 yards to take it by half a length.
Favourite-backers did not have a worry in the Floodlit Friday Nights at Dundalk as Joseph O'Brien travelled sweetly in second on Beat The Ballot (2-1) before asserting his dominance for a length and a half victory. It was the jockey's first win since being crowned champion.
Opera Gloves was a big eyecatcher when finishing third on her debut at the track last month and Mick Halford's juvenile sent off the 1-2 favourite for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.
She was more prominent this time but still looked green, though she picked up nicely in the end when asked to quicken by Shane Foley, and beat Mischief N Mayhem by a length.
Halford and Foley made it a double when Alvar (14-1) got up on the line to edge topweight Ocean Drift by a nose in the second division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Package Handicap.
Garvan Donnelly's 7-2 favourite Samollie was in cracking form at Dundalk in the first half of the year and returned to his best to win the first division by a head under Seamie Heffernan.
Willie Martin's 6-5 favourite Farmleigh House faced much the same horses in the Dundalk Stadium Light Up Your Night Handicap as when he won last month, and an 8lb hike made no difference as he came from last to first under Niall McCullagh to win by a length and a half.