Review dundalk 6th Dec

Wed 6th Dec 2017, 18:00


Financial Conduct did what was expected of him by getting off the mark in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Maiden.

With three very encouraging efforts already under his belt and with the withdrawal of Tower Bridge making his task easier, the Andy Oliver-trained 4-7 favourite swept to the front rounding the home bend.

He didn't quite put it to bed as emphatically as appeared likely at that stage, with outsider Bobeska making a race of it, butp>Financial Conduct was always doing enough and passed the post three-quarters of a length to the good.

Silk Cravat maintained his fine run of form in the first division of the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap.

Ger Lyons' even-money favourite had a win and two placed efforts over seven furlongs under his belt this autumn and successfully dropped back to six furlongs, beating Strategic Force by half a length.

Brave Display sprung a 20-1 surprise in the second division.

Patrick Prendergast's gelding has been costly to follow this year but rewarded the few who kept the faith, sweeping down the outside under Dylan Hogan to account for Lily's Prince by three-quarters of a length.

None of the runners in the Nursery Handicap and managed to get their head in front before so something had to give, and it went the way of Paparazzi (12-1).

The Joseph O'Brien-trained son of Iffraaj showed more promise on his first start in a handicap here recently and built on it to deny Lucky Red by half a length, with Smiling Eliza a close-up third.

Pat Murphy has really found the key to Koybig and he completed a hat-trick with a hard-fought success in the Handicap (Div 1) as the 9-10 favourite.

Murphy also won the second instalment as No Approval (4-1) broke his duck at the 20th attempt, while divisions one and two of the Christmas Party Packages Handicap went to Rock On Dandy (14-1) and Alcander (6-1) respectively.

Birrane strikes again with Dandy

Rock On Dandy continued a good spell for Mayo handler Fergal Birrane when running out a cosy winner of the first division of the mile-and-a-half handicap at Dundalk.