Guanabara Bay overcomes wide draw to score for McGuinness/Downey

Fri 12th Jan 2018, 20:16

photoGuanabara Bay
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By Thomas Weekes
Guanabara Bay was the second horse at Dundalk this evening to overcome the widest draw and win as the Ado McGuinness trained gelding registered his third win in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Apprentice Handicap.

Jockey Robbie Downey steered the five year old to a half length win over Tee Ranger and afterwards McGuinness said "we'd a shocking bad draw and I told Robbie (Downey) to jump and get as far forward as you can. He wasn't in a great position but everything fell perfect for him (in the home straight) and he likes to come late.

"He was a little bit unlucky the last day but I just knew in that bracket there was a win in him. We might come back here over six (furlongs) next week.

"I'm delighted for Sean Gallagher who is a great patron of ours and he's now had a first and a second tonight."

Newcomer Karakour had earlier won a maiden from the outside 14 draw.

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