LOCAL connections werre celebrating at Dundalk Stadium last Friday as Cristy's Call became the third big priced winner of the evening, scoring a 16/1 upset in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (div 2) for trainer Lester Winters under Dundalk jockey Shane Gray.
The winner is owned by Frank Lynch, a local accountant and hotelier who was on the last Louth team to win a football All-Ireland in 1957.
Scrapper Blackwell looked the one to beat in the opening five-furlong juvenile maiden at Dundalk Stadium, and the wellbacked 4/6 favourite did not let his supporters down when scoring in good style under Gary Carroll.
The Ger Lyons-trained youngster, runneron two of his previous three outings at this venue, travelled strongly to take it up over a furlong out and had little trouble beating In Salutem (12/1) by two and a half lengths.
Michael Halford has enjoyed a good run on the polytrack this autumn, and added to his impressive tally as Rummaging (5/2) justified solid support in the six-furlong maiden.
Declan McDonogh, deputising for the suspended Shane Foley, forced through a gap to challenge inside the final furlong and the four-year-old stayed on well under pressure to peg back Khyber Pass (5/1) in the closing stages for a head verdict.
The Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Handicap at Dundalk Stadium went to the Donall Kinsella trained Arbitrageur, under Rory Cleary. The son of Elusive City raced prominently but had to wait to hit the front close home to narrowly deny Roicead by a neck.
Champion Apprentice Jockey Ronan Whelan partnered his 29th winner of the season aboard the front-running Paene Magnus in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap at Dundalk Stadium.
Wild China provided Co Laois trainer Michael Connell with his first winner in over five years when causing a 14/1 upset under Danny Mullins, in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (div 1).
The winner was bred by Jim Bolger and, interestingly, Connell's previous winner was another Bolger bred horse, Solar Sail at Tralee in August 2007.
Trainer Gordon Elliott's Silverlord narrowly landed the Racing Post Handicap at Dundalk, under Emmet McNamara. The winner arrived with a late challenge to deny Raydari a hat-trick on the line, for a short head win.
Jockey Declan McDonogh completed a double at Dundalk this evening when getting Empress Of Tara up late to win the concluding Racing Post Maiden for trainer Jessica Harrington.