Marnane and Halford bag Irish double in Dubai
DUBAI regulars David Marnane and Mick Halford combined to plunder a brilliant Irish double with Jamesie and Certerach at Meydan yesterday.
Fergal Lynch brought Jamesie with a telling late run to land the six-furlong handicap at 15/2.
Merhee looked like justifying 4/1 favouritism for Mike de Kock when holding a handy lead going into the final furlong, but Lynch had other ideas on Marnane's charge.
Benefiting from his encouraging run over seven furlongs on this course two weeks earlier, the Irish raider was not inconvenienced by the drop to six furlongs and took command close home.
A model of consistency, Jamesie was scoring for the first time since winning at Fairyhouse in July 2011, after which he had been second no less than seven times, including at Royal Ascot.
Marnane said: "It's great and no more than he deserved. He has been knocking on the door in these big handicaps over the years. He loves that surface and we'll probably run him back in three weeks' time in the Group Three sprint, again over six."
Halford's Certerach then followed up immediately in the 12-furlong equivalent at odds of 10/1 to complete a sparkling 92.5/1 brace.
Shane Foley's mount finished off a fine afternoon's work for the raiders by coming through from the rear to run out a deeply impressive winner.