O'Brien's Highly Approved wins Dundalk's opener

Fri 9th Feb 2018, 18:04

photoHighly Approved
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By Thomas Weekes
The Joseph O'Brien trained, 58 rated Highly Approved got off the mark at the eighth attempt when landing the opening Dundalk Business Club 2018 Maiden at Dundalk today, scoring under jockey Wayne Lordan.

The E4,000 foal purchase and half-sister to four winners today scored a three parts of a length win over Luna's Luck.

Lordan later said "she had been running very consistent. Her early form was good enough to win it, and back to six wasn't a problem. She was drawn a bit wide but she jumped good and I was able to get a good position.

"I'm delighted for the owners (Ol Stock Racing from Kerry, Galway and Dublin). They are a nice bunch of fellas and they will enjoy tonight."

Quotes from Alan Magee

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