Tuesday 23 January 2018

Murtagh leaves it late at Dundalk

Factum kept the Aidan O'Brien bandwagon rolling at Dundalk yesterday.

Odds-on backers were grateful to Johnny Murtagh, however, as he got the front-running 1/2 market leader back up to deny Triple Eight by a short head.

"He's a nice horse. He's still very raw and green. When Pat (Smullen) came to me, it helped me. He just hit the line on a good stride," said Murtagh who went on to complete a double aboard David Wachman's juvenile Warning Flag.

David Marnane expects The Grey Rebel to develop into a decent horse next season after he landed his second win on the bounce in the opening sprint. The three-year-old flew through late on under Colm O'Donoghue to bag the five-furlong contest by a neck from Flash McGahon.

"He's a nice horse and I think he'll get even better next year," said Marnane. "He was weak as a two-year-old and we never ran him. He has improved throughout this year."

Marnane and O'Donoghue doubled up in the one-mile maiden as 4/1 shot Move edged stablemate Sensational Day.

Moonlight Rock came from last to first to claim the one-mile handicap in the hands of Kevin Manning, who produced the Paul Deegan-trained filly with a strong charge inside the final furlong, while Pat Smullen partnered Eddie Lynam's Word For Word to a neck victory from Try Freedom in the 12-furlong handicap.

Irish Independent

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