dundalk 23rd Nov
Farmleigh House and Niall McCullagh winning for trainer Willie Martin
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 9-4 favourite had placed twice in his last three starts at this track and was held up just off the pace by Niall McCullagh.
Sweeping into the lead a furlong out, he kept on strongly to hold Elusive Ridge a length and three-quarters at bay.
Epic Encounter produced a sweet turn of foot to run out an easy winner of the first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race And Stay Maiden.
Edward Lynam's charge travelled nicely throughout for Declan McDonogh, and the 13-2 chance put the race to bed in a matter of strides at the furlong pole, coming home four lengths clear of Lily Of Kenmare.
The application of first-time blinkers worked the trick for Mona Brown in the second division.
Another to benefit for the fitting of blinkers for the first time was Thebarberkelly, who landed a gamble when taking the first diviosin of the Come On The Irish Stablestaff Handicap.
Abstraction ran out a convincing winner of the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden to give Sarah Dawson her first winner since August.
The complexion of the race changed in the dying strides in the second division of the mile handicap at Dundalk as Clare Harrier powered home to lead on the line.