Saturday 19 January 2019

Elishpour set to bid for big Lingfield pot

Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Elishpour's victory in the 12-furlong handicap at Dundalk yesterday may have earned him a shot at some big all-weather prizes across the Irish Sea.

Billy Lee was able to dictate terms to suit himself on Alan Fleming's 5/2 chance, although favourite Financial Conduct was never too far away and loomed upsides at the top of the straight.

The pair fought tooth and nail throughout the final couple of furlongs, but Elishpour's superior stamina won the day and he flashed past the post a head to the good.

Owner Barry Connell said: "He loves it around here. He's run five times and won three and been second on the other two. He doesn't like jumping and I don't think we'll go back jumping with him again.

"If we get into the All-Weather Championships at Lingfield on Good Friday then that's where he'll go. He was 89 today and may need to go up to the mid 90s to get into it.

"What he wants is a very strongly-run race to come off the pace, and we had to make our own running there today. He's a grand old servant, and it's worth a shot at Lingfield as it's a 100 grand race.

Lee initiated a double when Verhoyen held off Above Us Only Sky by a head in the Dundalk Stadium Business Club 2018 Maiden.

The application of a visor helped Port Lions gets off the mark in the St.Patrick's Weekend Racing At Dundalk Maiden.

Joseph O'Brien's Highly Approved, which completed a brace only last Friday turned, out quickly for the claiming contest over seven furlongs and had no trouble in rounding out the three-timer as the 8/15 favourite.

Sir Danilo (5/4) outbattled 11/10 favourite Liberatio in the hands of Denis Linehan to take the one-mile maiden, while Ben Coen timed it to perfection as Eacharn collared Nigg Bay on the line in the Hen & Stag Nights Handicap and Gavin Ryan booted home the Ian Rush-owned Three Majors (5/1 joint-favourite) in the Apprentice Handicap.

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