Marnane eyes Curragh prize with Alfredo Arcano

Thu 12th Jul 2018, 17:21

photoAlfredo Arcano, right, gets the better of Dali
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By Michael Graham
The market principals dominated the featured EOS IT Solutions Handicap and it was Alfredo Arcano who prevailed by a neck.

The 15/8 joint favourite has stall one to work from and disputed the lead before he was headed under a furLong out by the other 15/8 joint favourite Dali.< Alfredo Arcano rallied for Oisin Orr to get up in the closing stages as Dali and Donnacha O'Brien had to settle for second in this five-furlong sprint.

Trainer David Marnane said: "He's straightforward. It was a good performance, he'll go back for the Scurry (Handicap at the Curragh). We were going to bring him straight for the Scurry but I felt that it was a good pot here and worth coming up for. He'll have a 6lb penalty in the Scurry but he has a few quid in the bank.

"He is still improving and he is probably improving because he has gone more professional. He seems to be doing things where he used to be free, now he's doing what he is supposed to do.

"He's a nice horse and I think he is equally as effective on the turf. The run in the Rockingham was a very good one, it was a very strong race and a few winners have come out of it already."

O'Brien brothers bag Dundalk double

Trainer Joseph O'Brien and brother jockey Donnacha O'Brien's amazing recent success continues unabated and the pair combined for the second leg of respective doubles at Dundalk today, as Waitingfortheday completed a hat-trick of wins of her own in the Highline Construction Handicap.

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