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Sikara shines as Stack claims Dundalk double

The Tommy Stack team have made a flying start to the new season and were in double form at Dundalk last night with Celerina and promising filly Sikara, both in the colours of Peter Piller.

Local apprentice Shane Gray (16) got the ball rolling on Celerina as he recorded his second career winner in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap.

"That's another good win for Shane and he had plenty of support today," Stack's son, Fozzy, said.

"Celerina's options are limited in this country as she doesn't get any further than five furlongs."

Sikara stayed on best of all to win a decent looking Fillies Maiden, justifying 6/5 favouritism in the hands of Wayne Lordan.

"Sikara is a granddaughter of Tarascon, who won the Irish 1,000 Guineas for us, and it is great to win with her," Fozzy Stack added.

Eddie Lynam's Dahindar (11/2) made a winning debut to land a fourth course success in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap.

"Dahindar doesn't like soil and will probably be rated 100 after this so we'll have to run him again here next week. He loves this place," Lynam remarked.

The Reaper (5/1) collared front-running Calm Bay a furlong out to take the five-furlong prize under a smart ride from young 10lb claimer Danny Benson.

Paul Flynn's Great Realief (16/1) was the third in a row on the card to shine under a claimer as he burst clear from the furlong pole to destroy his rivals in the Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Handicap.

Irish Independent