Review Dundalk 9th Nov

Fri 9th Nov 2012, 21:50

Job done - Lily's Angel & Gary Carroll at Dundalk
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Lily's Angel has been on fire since joining the Ger Lyons team and she completed a hat-trick with a commanding success in the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies Stakes at Dundalk.

The 8-11 favourite, seventh behind Homecoming Queen in the 1000 Guineas when with Richard Fahey in England, had already won at Leopardstown and Dundalk and is clearly on the upgrade.

Gary Carroll was going best at the top of the straight in the Listed contest and when he asked for an effort,p>Lily's Angel quickened clear to win easily by two and a half lengths from Precious Stone.

David Marnane's newcomer Zalty, the mount of Fergal Lynch, sprung a 25-1 surprise as he got up close home in a tight finish to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

There were plenty in with a chance at the quarter-mile pole and Zalty, who avoided the trouble on the inside, found a nice turn of foot to beat favourite In Salutem by a short head.

The Gigginstown House Stud colours are a familiar sight in the winner's enclosure on jumps tracks, but Love And Cherish did her bit on the Flat with success in the Irish Stallion Farms Median Auction Maiden.

David Wachman's juvenile (4-1) dominated the race along with favourite Dark Pulse and got the better of their duel by a head in the hands of Billy Lee.

The jockey doubled up when Rodger Sweeney's Khelino (14-1) swooped late to take the second division of the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap by half a length.

Champion apprentice Ronan Whelan landed the first division on Pat Martin's The Reek (4-1 favourite), who forged clear of Red Laser to win by a length and three-quarters. He completed a double on Jim Bolger's Heavy Weight (10-3) in the closing Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap.

Cailin Coillteach (9-1) was produced late by Seamie Heffernan to take the first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap, while recent Wolverhampton winner My Good Brother (13-2) followed up in the second division with a comfortable success under Colin Keane.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.