Review dundalk 12th Jan

Fri 12th Jan 2018, 21:00

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Captain Joy rolled back the years to confirm his love of Dundalk with victory in the Sun BETS Race.

Tracey Collins' grey turned nine just under two weeks ago but is still loving the game and after heading Geological halfway down the straight, kept going for Pat Smullen to hold off Beach Bar by three-quarters of a length.

The race was a Fast-Track Qualifier for All-Weather Championships Finals day at Lingfield on Good Friday andp>Captain Joy will head there in an attempt to recapture the Mile crown he won in 2016.

The Smullen-ridden Karakour made a successful start to his career in the Meridian Security Ltd Maiden.

Despite having his first taste of competitive action, Michael Halford's 7-1 shot dug really deep to hold the late challenges of Griffyndor and Bonnie Baugh, denying the former by a head.

She's A Star (4-1) came out best in a thrilling tussle for the Marshes Shopping Centre Handicap.

The hat-trick seeking favourite Elishpour made such a bold bid to defy top weight but he couldn't quite see off the threat of the Noel Meade-trained She's A Star, who crossed the line a short head to the good.

Reckless Lad was another to underline his liking of Dundalk with victory in the Anglo Printers Claiming Race.

Pat Martin's veteran saw off Six Silver Lane in the hands of Killian Leonard to prevail by a cosy half-length as the 9-2 co-favourite.

Bluesbreaker (6-1) did it the hard way in the Dundalk Business Club 2018 Handicap, with Damian English' sprinter always in the firing line before holding the late lunge of Free To Roam by half a length.

Robbie Downey got 7-2 favourite Guanabara Bay up in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Apprentice Handicap (Div 1), with the second instalment going the way of Gunmaker (20-1) on his first start for Gavin Cromwell.

Palace Guard (7-2) took the Esther McGahon, McGuinness & Co. Solicitors Handicap for Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

THE IRISH TIMES