dundalk 15th Feb
Gamble landed - Ben Curtis brings up a double on Khawatim
Khawatim was in cracking form on the all-weather tracks in England last month and carried that over to Ireland with a convincing victory in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap.
Trained in Newmarket by Noel Quinlan, the five-year-old was sent off the 4-6 favourite and looked to be travelling well just behind the leaders as they hit the two-furlong marker.
The result completed a double for Curtis, who conjured a renewed effort from Tom McCourt's top-weight Bangalore Diamond (8-1) to grab Sophies Echo on the line in the Irish Stablestaff Association Awards 23rd February Handicap, winning by a short head.
It was a red-letter day for Ana O'Brien when she rode her first winner on her father Aidan's mare Fairylike (10-1) in the Irish Stablestaff Association Awards 23rd February Apprentice Handicap, catching Benbecula in the shadow of the post for a half-length strike. She was wearing the colours of her mother Anne-Marie.
The three-year-old, not disgraced in a rich Newmarket sales race last time, eased past stablemate Muizenberg Nights a furlong and a half out and was not pressed to hold Connacht Council by three and a quarter lengths.
The jockey doubled up when Jessie Harrington's classy hurdler Steps To Freedom (evens favourite) stormed to an impressive victory in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Race, winning by four and a quarter lengths.
Ana O'Brien, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Annmarie and Aidan, a 5th year student in secondary school, rode her first winner when the family's Fairylike took the Irish Stablestaff Association Awards 23rd February Apprentice Handicap at Dundalk.