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Keane on the double at Dundalk

'Keane (pictured) and 2016 champion Pat Smullen have fought out a number of thrilling finishes in recent months, and it was the former who managed to get Beckoning's head in front by a nose where it mattered.' Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
'Keane (pictured) and 2016 champion Pat Smullen have fought out a number of thrilling finishes in recent months, and it was the former who managed to get Beckoning's head in front by a nose where it mattered.' Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

newly-crowned champion jockey Colin Keane is clearly determined to continue where he ended the Turf season - on a high - and continued his rich vein of form at Dundalk last night by landing a double.

Combining with his red-hot boss Ger Lyons, the Meath man booted home the opening winner on the card by partnering Palariva to victory in the opening fillies maiden over seven furlongs .

Quickly into stride from a bad draw, Keane ensured the daughter of Palavicini (3/1) was up with the pace throughout, striking the front well over a furlong out and keeping on well to score by a length from 100/1 outsider Greenpage.

Just over a half-an-hour later, the same partnership were back in the winner's enclosure after Beckoning dug deep to edge out Trophy Doll in the auction maiden over seven furlongs.

Making her debut, the Kodiac filly was well supported in the market throughout the day on the back of some favourable home reports and was sent off evens favourite.

Keane and 2016 champion Pat Smullen have fought out a number of thrilling finishes in recent months, and it was the former who managed to get Beckoning's head in front by a nose where it mattered.

Smullen did gain some consolation later on in the first division of the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap when steering Pat Flynn's Sleepy Head (5/2) to a length-and-a-quarter victory from 6/4 favourite Weightfordave.

There was a big surprise in the Crowne Plaza Handicap over an extended ten furlongs as Jim Bolger's 33/1 shot Teo's Music finished with a wet sail under Kevin Manning to get the Coolcullen inmate home by a half-length from Nimitz.

And there was an even bigger shock in the finale as Conor McGovern came from well back to pounce aboard the Anthony McCann-trained 40/1 outsider Tropic Thunder and deny Bolger's Vocal Resurgence by a neck.

At Musselburgh, meanwhile, Jim Dreaper made sure the trip across was not wasted as Mullaghmurphy Blue (evens favourite) was a comfortable winner of the novices' handicap chase under Andrew Lynch.

Elsewhere, Nigel Twiston-Davies' veteran The New One is top-weight in the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on November 19. He is rated 6lb clear of his nearest potential opponent, Triumph Hurdle winner Defi Du Seuil.

Whether the Philip Hobbs-trained youngster takes up his engagement remains to be seen, with other options, such as the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, also under consideration.

Defi Du Seuil's owner JP McManus is responsible for the next three in the list; Gordon Elliott's Campeador (11st 2lb), and Ivanovich Gorbatov (11st) and Tigris River (10st 13lb), both trained by Melbourne Cup winner Joseph O'Brien.

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