Review Dundalk 12th Dec

Wed 12th Dec 2012, 21:20

Copper Dock holds on in bunch finish
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Tom McCourt's Copper Dock recorded his sixth Dundalk win on his 80th career start in the Christmas Party Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.

After breaking sharply, Ben Curtis restrained the 6-1 chance in third place through the early stages and he was in the perfect position as they fanned out on the turn for home.

Curtis waited until the furlong marker to ease to the head of affairs and although the rider struggled momentarily for his whip, Copper Dock held on by a diminishing head as Mea Parvitas flashed home late.

Davy Russell's first ride on the Dundalk all-weather ended in defeat in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Handicap.

Riding Discoteca, the champion jumps jockey could only manage 11th behind 4-1 favourite Roe Deer.

Mick Halford's well-backed Rummaging (11-10 favourite) supplemented his recent maiden triumph with a narrow verdict over stablemate Lord Kenmare in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Apprentice Handicap.

The market leader came under the Conor Hoban drive over two furlongs from the finish but he gradually wore down front-runner Greek Canyon, and though Lord Kenmare finished well, the line came in time as Rummaging dug deep for a half-length triumph.

Halford was in the groove again as Won Diamond (2-1 favourite) made every post a winning one to claim the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (C & G).

Shane Foley kicked for home on the Mount Nelson colt as they turned into the straight and repelled the peristent Elleval by a short head.

The first division of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap went to the Edward Lynam-trained Dimitar (9-2) under Wayne Lordan, while the second division went to 20-1 chance Curl Cat under Rory Cleary.

Pat Smullen got among the winners when driving home 9-2 chance Hes Our Music in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey And Trainer Championship Handicap.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.