Shane Foley after completing a treble on the card on Airgead
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Shane Foley was seen at his best on 10/1 winner Airgead in the concluding 7f handicap.
Completing a 172/1 treble on the evening, Foley sat towards the rear on the 4-y-o gelding by Most Improved, weaved his way between runners early in the straight before coming with a perfectly-timed challenge to collar Highly Approved close home.
A head was the margin at the line, with 5/4 favourite Gee Rex beaten less than a length in all in fifth.
It was Foley’s first time to ride Airgead, who won over a mile at this track last year on quicker ground.
A delighted winning trainer Prunella Dobbs said: “This horse loves it here. My heart was sinking since I arrived as I felt this ground (changed to yielding after race 7) wouldn't suit him.
“Shane gave him such a good ride, settled him out early and made the break at just the right moment.
“We’ll look for something similar and he seems to thrive around Leopardstown.”
Additional reporting by Alan Magee