Thursday 21 September 2017

Johnstown ends losing streak for Loughnane

Thomas Kelly

TRAINER Daniel Mark Loughnane heaved a sigh of relief after jumping off the cold list at Dundalk last night.

The County Meath handler had just one previous Irish Flat winner to his name for over seven months, but happily ditched that unwanted statistic when Johnstown Lad obliged in the five-furlong handicap. The 14/1 chance came from another parish to collar the feisty Primalova by a neck.

Loughnane said: "I knew they would go off fast, but that he would come home well, despite being drawn out in the car park. My horses have been sick all summer and they are just coming right now after we had a good year last year.

The Mick Halford trained Banna Boirche (6/4) turned in a game display in the seven-furlong handicap. The four-year-old gelding also arrived late on the scene, but had plenty in hand at the line, the official distance being a length and a half.

Excelled

Late Day Sun (14/1) then excelled to take the one-mile fillies maiden under Pat Smullen. Several horses held a live chance approaching the final furlong as the Joseph O'Brien-ridden Poinsettia went for the jugular from the outset.

Although Ballydoyle's representative emerged a more-than-willing nemesis at the head of affairs, the Dermot Weld-trained scorer was in an unforgiving mood and the Montjeu filly gallantly outflanked the major protagonists to seize the day by a head.

Weld and Smullen then teamed up to land the colts' maiden when Rich Tapestry saw off the late challenge of another Aidan O'Brien inmate, odds-on favourite Long Live The King, which was also ridden by O'Brien Jnr.

English-based trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Greg Fairley landed their third winner at Dundalk in as many weeks when 3/1 front-running favourite Licence To Till held off Prospectorus in the one mile two furlong handicap at Dundalk.

Irish Independent

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