Great Soprano and Seamie Heffernan beat Heuston
©Healy Racing Photos
Tom Taaffe does not have many runners on the Flat but he sent out his first winner on the Dundalk all-weather when Great Soprano rewarded favourite-backers in the second division of the Happy Christmas To All Our Patrons Maiden.
The three-year-old was sent off the 7-4 favourite after running on well to finish fifth at the track last time and Seamie Heffernan made sure he was always close to the action.< Great Soprano travelled nicely into the straight and after going clear a furlong and a half out, he held Heuston by a neck without ever looking threatened.
The first division was also won by the favourite, Gary Carroll getting Lily Of Kenmare (10-11) past market rival La Belle Maison for a neck score to notch another victory for the track's leading trainer, Mick Halford.
Carroll completed a brace when guiding Ger Lyons' Shukhov (12-1) to victory by three-quarters of a length in the Crowne Plaza Dundalk Champions Handicap.
Clare Harrier is having a new lease of life since returning from a near 16-month lay-off and followed up a narrow course and distance victory last month by taking the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap for one-horse handler David Geraghty.
The 3-1 favourite was partnered by 5lb claimer Colin Keane, who rode a patient race and cut down Alvar in the shadow of the post to win by a neck.
Elleval (11-4) has been threatening to score recently and the David Marnane-trained juvenile was a ready winner of the Dundalk Stadium Light Up Your Night Maiden, clearing away under Fergal Lynch to strike by three lengths.
Jockey and trainer looked about to complete a double when Miss Bella narrowly led in the Crowne Plaza Of Dundalk Handicap, but Ian Brennan conjured a renewed challenge from Tom McCourt's Bangalore Diamond (12-1) and got back up to win by a head.
Rory Cleary charged down the outside late on to snatch the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Nursery by a length on the Joanna Morgan-trained Desiderata (7-1).