dundalk 11th Jan
Machete Mark was a cosy winner from Sacred Dragon
(Healy Racing Photos)
These two tracked Mississippi John into the straight and when Sacred Dragon went on, McNamara sat motionless as he travelled sweetly on the leader's shoulder before nudging ahead to win by a cosy half-length.
A first-time visor seemed to do the trick for Tom McCourt's mare Inishmot Duchess (8-1), who forged clear in the final furlong in the hands of Ian Brennan to win the first division of the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap by a length and a quarter.
The second division went to James Lambe's veteran Richelieu (9-2), who hadn't won since the same race last season but has been sliding down the handicap and surged down the outside to grab a half-length verdict under Chris Hayes.
Joanna Morgan's Balmont Flyer (evens favourite) was the most impressive winner of the night, the rapidly improving five-year-old scooting clear under Pat Smullen to take the second division of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap by three lengths.
Derek McCormack has endured more than his fair share of low-points in life, but the Athlone man, now in his mid-twenties, had a night to remember at Dundalk when bringing home Waterloo Sunrise to cause a 25/1 surprise in division one of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap.