dundalk 7th Dec
Atmospheric High (2nd left) holds off Manuka (extreme left)
(Healy Racing Photos)
Atmospheric High gained her reward for consistency with a third victory of the year on the all-weather surface as she took the Dundalk Stadium Light Up Your Night Rated Race.
Mid-division into the straight, she was pulled out to deliver a telling challenge and having hit the front, she held the unlucky Manuka by a neck.
Sabrina Harty's four-year-old was sent straight into the lead from a wide draw and though he held a decent advantage coming down the straight, he was all out to hold on as Akasaka's challenge failed by just a short head.
Tommy Stack's youngster Your Pal Tal, unplaced in two previous starts, got into the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden as a reserve and upset favourite-backers by winning the race.
The trainer completed a double when Conor Hoban drove Bensoon (4-1 co-favourite) ahead deep inside the final furlong of the Christmas Race & Dine Packages Apprentice Handicap (Div I) to win by three-quarters of a length. The rider was then unseated, but appeared to be unscathed.
On his ninth attempt Bensoon got off the mark in division one of the Christmas Race & Dine Packages Apprentice Handicap under Conor Hoban, bringing up a 24/1 double for Mick Halford (earlier triumphed with Victor's Beach) in the process at Dundalk.