Review Dundalk 22nd Feb

Fri 22nd Feb 2013, 21:50

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.

The jockey was smartly away on Damian English's five-year-old (5-1 favourite), who led all the way and had enough in reserve to resist Collingwood by a length.

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.

Toberton held a clear advantage coming down the straight in the Ladbrokes Bingo Handicap but was run down late on by the Jim Gorman-trained Relay (7-1) under Chris Hayes, who won by a neck.

Joseph O'Brien rounded off the night by winning the Ladbrokes Daily Top Treble Handicap by two and a half lengths on his father Aidan's El Salvador (11-10 favourite).

Salvador scores for O'Briens

El Salvador was something of a hotpot in the concluding mile-and-a-half handicap at Dundalk and duly landed the spoils.

THE IRISH TIMES