Sunday 17 December 2017

Misty Lane sees champion get off mark

Thomas Kelly

With his eye on a third champion jockey's title, Joseph O'Brien got off the mark for the year at Dundalk where he had to show all his guile to partner Misty Lane to victory in the seven-furlong handicap.

Despite his mount having a wide draw, the stylish Ballydoyle rider soon had Reggie Roberts' six-year-old in a prominent position, but was driving the mare along all the way down the straight.

Cluin Aine and Captains Dilemma both tried to mount challenges, but Misty Lane stuck to her task and had a length to spare.

There was an exciting finish to the opening five-furlong handicap with Catwilldo landing the spoils in the capable hands of Gary Phillips.

The Garvan Donnelly-trained filly (9/1) stormed home inside the final furlong to edge out Strategic Heights by half a length.

There was a familiar face in the winner's enclosure after the one-mile maiden saw Eddie Lynam's Not Your Call justify 4/5 favouritism.

Course regular Lynam owns and trains the blinkered winner, which comfortably got the better of Lone Star under Wayne Lordan.

Matthew Tynan went one better than Lynam in the seven-furlong conditions race as he bred, owned and trained the two-length winner Maontri, the 2/1 favourite.

Irish Independent

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