Not for the first time, champion jockey Pat Smullen was a class apart at Dundalk on Wednesday night and he rewarded his followers with a treble on the night.
He possibly had a little good fortune on his side when taking the opening 2m maiden on the Dermot Weld-trained Sir Raston who dug deep to hold off Tiger Roll and the fast-finishing Roconga, who had found terrible trouble in running.
Smullen made all the running to land the 12f handicap on Prunella Dobbs’ Carried and he rounded off his treble when taking the concluding 1m handicap on the James Nash-trained Our Manekineko.
Johnny Levins and Ronan Whelan teamed up to win the 6f handicap on the well-fancied Your Pal Tal while the 10f handicap went to Locus Standi who was ridden for Jim Bolger by Kevin Manning.
Tommy Stack and Wayne Lordan were on the mark when the heavily supported 8/13 favourite A Shin Impala edged out Tonkinese in the 1m median auction race. The rated race went to Strait Of Zanzibar who was winning for Ken Condon and Billy Lee.
Fahey’s Jewel Shines Brightest At Thurles
The Jarlath Fahey-trained Jennies Jewel saw off her main market rival Val De Ferbet to win the Thurles Racecourse Hurdle at the Co Tipperary venue on Thursday.
With Ian McCarthy in the saddle, the 2/1 chance arrived with a perfectly-timed challenge to readily see off the front-running 1/1 favourite and will now be put in foal to Presenting before lining up at the Punchestown festival.
Andrew Lynch helped himself to two winners on the card. He partnered the …
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