dundalk 22nd Feb
Cash Or Casualty and Rory Cleary
(Healy Racing Photos)
Rory Cleary was in treble form at Dundalk on the night former champion jockey Johnny Murtagh resumed raceriding following his recovery from injury.
Murtagh drew a blank from two rides on his return from a broken collarbone suffered on a post-Christmas skiing holiday in Austria.
Instead it was Cleary who was the star of the show and he opened up when Cash Or Casualty, a narrow winner at the track at the beginning of the month, followed up under a 4lb rise in the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap.
Cleary then took the Ladbrokes Odds On Maiden on James Barrett's lightly raced four-year-old Saga Eiger (3-1 favourite), who led early in the straight and ran on strongly to hold To Choose by three-quarters of a length.
He completed his treble on his father Tom's General Bunching, who has been out of form but defied odds of 16-1 to collar Massabini and win the Ladbrokes Accumulator Bonus Handicap by three and three-quarter lengths.
Pat Smullen recorded a double, opening his account on Tracey Collins' Indian Landing (7-1), who found a nice turn of foot to win the Ladbrokes.com handicap by two and a half lengths from unlucky favourite Black N Brew, who missed the break.
The jockey doubled up on Calissa (6-1), who showed snippets of form for Jessie Harrington and put her best foot forward to win the Ladbrokes Casino Fillies Maiden by a length on her first start for Peter Fahey.
El Salvador was something of a hotpot in the concluding mile-and-a-half handicap at Dundalk and duly landed the spoils.