Wednesday 13 December 2017

Joy for Gorman and Manning

Rigid Rock defied topweight to land division one race

JIM Gorman and Kevin Manning teamed up to land division one of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap as the durable Rigid Rock defied topweight in the opener at Dundalk Stadium on Friday night.

The five-year-old son of Refuse To Bend was gaining his fifth career victory but his first at the track, although he's run well in defeat on the polytrack many times in the past.

Jane Foley saddled her first winner on the Flat, and her second in total, when Fleet Captain (7/1) took division two of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap in the hands of champion apprentice Ronan Whelan.

The former Kevin Ryan-trained gelding hit the front well over a furlong out, and kept on well under pressure to beat Pierre D'Or (3/1) by a length and three quarters.

The Ger Lyons trained Queen Of The Sand put her experience to good use as she took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction 2yo Fillies Maiden.

Racing back over seven furlongs at Dundalk Stadium, she was sent off at 4/1 under Gary Carroll. She raced in third for much of the contest before coming with her challenge over a furlong out.

She stayed on well under pressure in the final furlong to lead near the line and just deny the Eddie Lynam trained newcomer Elusive Ice (8/1) by a head.

Course and distance winner Captain Joy gained a deserved victory in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap, providing his jockey Ronan Whelan with a double on the card.

Trained by Tracey Collins, the 3yo grey son of Dark Angel has been placed on his four starts since his win over the course and distance last December.

Harmonic Note shed her maiden tag on the seventh time of asking as she took the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Nursery Handicap, providing her trainer Ger Lyons with a double on the card.

The daughter of Nayef had six runs on the turf to her name before today and was placed on three occasions.

Having her first start on the all-weather she was sent off at 9/2 with Emmet McNamara in the saddle.

Miss Forde gained an overdue success as she took the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning (doubling up after winning aboard Rigid Rock in the opener).

Sent off at 3/1 this evening she raced mainly in third before improving to lead from two furlongs out.

She was clear with a furlong left to go and stayed on well under pressure to score by five lengths at the line from the Eddie Lynam trained Zip Wire (4/1) in second under Gary Carroll.

Shake The Bucket recorded his fourth win at Dundalk Stadium as he took division one of the Christmas Parties At Dundalk Handicap for the Madden family.

Sent off at 13/2, Shake The Bucket got the better of another Dundalk specialist in the shape of the 7/2 favourite Raydari.

The well backed favourite Prince Of Fashion bounced back to form as he just got up to win the last at Dundalk, division two of the Christmas Parties At Dundalk Handicap.

Ridden by Pat Smullen, the course and distance winner raced in seventh in the early stages and was ridden in pursuit of leader Mojito Royale a furlong from home.

He stayed on well from there on got up close home to win by a neck at the line with the Eoin Doyle trained Mojito Royale (5/1) having to settle for second under Joseph O'Brien.

Racing continues on Friday 7th December from 6pm.

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