Sky's the 'limit' for Larkin following rare local winner
THERE was a rare local winner at Dundalk on Friday night as John Larkin's House Limits landed the Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Handicap at a tasty SP of 10/1.
Pivotal Rock was trying to follow up last year's victory in the race and went close in a bunch finish, but he was run out of it as House Limit (10-1) got up by a neck under Ben Curtis.
The winner, trained in Togher by Larkin, had decent track form going into the race and could be one to watch off a modest mark.
The horse was purchased by his trainer at the Newmarket Sales for owner Eugene Kavanagh, propietor of the famous Gravediggers Pub in Glasnevin.
Larkin could also lay claim to Muck N' Brass who finished second to stablemate Akasaka in the Group Discounts At Dundalk Claiming Race.
That was the first leg of a nice double for Fran Berry, who landed the feature Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package Handicap on David Wachman's well-backed gelding Hot Bed.
Running in the colours of Sir Robert Ogden, the 5-1 shot was kept up near the pace all the way as Elusive Ridge took them along, and struck the front inside the final quarter-mile.
Regulation put in a persistent challenge but was always comfortably held as Hot Bed passed the post with a length and a quarter to spare.
Willie McCreery sprung a major surprise in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden when 25-1 shot Cloud Monkey, who was reluctant at the stalls, showed a willing attitude at the other end of the race.
Sinour looked in control after fighting off favourite North Dakota, but Shane B Kelly, riding his first winner in Ireland, had something left and squeezed past on the inside to snatch the verdict by a head.
North Dakota's trainer Aidan O'Brien suffered another reverse with a short-priced market leader when 1-2 shot League Of Nations could not resist the strong challenge of Caged Lightning in the Louth Land Of Legends Gathering 3rd May Maiden.
Joseph O'Brien set out to make all on the favourite, but Chris Hayes edged ahead on Kevin Prendergast's well-exposed 10-1 shot two furlongs out and kept the advantage all the way to the line to win by a head.
Horse racing returns on Wednesday 17th April from 6.20pm.