Johnny Murtagh's two runners in next Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup have had their chances enhanced by favourable draws.
The going at Down Royal, ahead of today's Grade 1 meeting, is currently yielding, soft in places, following 7mm of rain overnight.
Osaila and Frankie Dettori finished a creditable third as Lady Eli produced a dazzling performance to claim the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.
Frankie Dettori struck gold with Hootenanny in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.
Venezia rounded off a memorable evening for Mick Halford and Shane Foley as he took the concluding Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Maiden, completing a four-timer (which came in at just over 50/1) for his trainer and rider.
Top-weight Sharjah made all as he ran out a game winner of the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap, scoring under Declan McDonogh for Andy Slattery.
Nedera got off the mark on her ninth career start as she took the second division of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap, scoring under Colin Keane for Tom McCourt and owner Barry Doyle.
The Dancing Lord recorded back to back victories at Dundalk when lunging late to claim the first division of the mile handicap this evening.
Pelerin ran out a comfortable winner of the feature at Dundalk this evening, the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Stakes, scoring under Martin Harley for Marco Botti.
After winning the first two races (Zunera and Kernoff) Shane Foley and Mick Halford completed a treble in third (coming in at approximately 26/1) as the well-backed Glassatura recorded her first win in handicap company.
The well-backed Kernoff ran out an easy winner of the Dundalk – Light Up Your Night Handicap, providing Mick Halford and Shane Foley with an opening race double (won the first with Zunera).
Some serious racing this weekend and it's hard to know what to focus on.
The Michael Halford-trained Zunera justified her short price in the opening five furlong maiden at Dundalk this evening when registering a cosy success.
Apache Stronghold dominated in his first race over fences to the delight of trainer Noel Meade who was in attendance at Down Royal.
Valerian Bridge justified odds-on favouritism as he took the last at Down Royal, the Archie Watson Memorial INH Flat Race, providing his trainer Willie Mullins with a double on the card (earlier won with Morning Run).
Sizing Solution landed a gamble as he ran out an easy winner of the Robinson Services Handicap Chase, scoring under Jonathan Burke for Jim Dreaper and owners Ann and Alan Potts.
Davy Russell came in for the winning spare ride on Never Said That as he battled to victory in the Allianz Handicap Hurdle for owner, trainer Eddie Cawley.
Little King Robin produced a magnificent battling performance to win the feature at Down Royal this afternoon, the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle.
Dermot Weld has yet to saddle a Breeders' Cup winner but has high hopes he can put the record straight with Mustajeeb in the Mile at Santa Anita this weekend.
1.55 Shadow Catcher
3.05 Carlingford Lough
1.25 Ms Eboracum
2.00 Stormy Paradise
2.05 Gold Chain
Graham Wylie and Gigginstown House Stud do battle in a hot renewal of the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.
Little King Robin continued her remarkable run of success with a seventh victory of the campaign in the feature WKD Hurdle at Down Royal.
Wood Breizh (8-1) ensured the journey to Clonmel was worth it for Ruby Walsh as they won the www.grahamnorris.com Memorial Handicap Hurdle.
Chancol (13-8) made an impressive start to his fencing career in the Book New Years Eve Panoramic Restaurant Beginners Chase at Punchestown.
Very Wood was made to work harder than expected as he made a winning debut over fences in the W.B. Gavin & Co. E.B.F. Beginners Chase at Galway.