Review dundalk 20th Nov

Fri 20th Nov 2015, 21:00

photoTaglietelle and Jack Kennedy beat Eye Of The Tiger and Caroline Murtagh
©Healy Racing Photos

Taglietelle made a triumphant return to the level in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap under the lights at Dundalk.

Gordon Elliott's smart jumper, previously seen finishing third in the Lismullen Hurdle, was sent off the 5-4 favourite but had his work cut out when entering the final furlong with both Eye Of The Tiger and He'llberemembered ahead of him.

Jack Kennedy kept at him, though, and as his stamina came into play over this two-mile trip,p>Taglietelle picked them off and beat Eye Of The Tiger by a length and a quarter.

Another Story swooped late to make a successful start to her career in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Tarazani tried so hard to fight off all challengers and looked like doing so until Ronan Whelan appeared in the dying strides on the Sheila Lavery-trained 10-1 shot, who prevailed by a head.

Kimbay (7-2) built on last week's second here by going one better in the Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Handicap & ndash; but only just.

Having hit the front halfway down the straight, the five-year-old appeared to be reeled in by Fast In The Wind, only to fight back and secure the prize by the narrowest of margins.

In another photo finish, Settle For Red defied top weight in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Apprentice Handicap at the chief expense of Red Words.

Neatly Put has been highly tried in bumpers and refused to race on his Flat debut, so it was no surprise that he was allowed to go off at 20-1 for the Big Bad Bob Maiden.

But he put his best foot forward and hit the front halfway down the straight before fending off Rock On Rosie by a head.

Hatch Hall made it two from two on the Polytrack when landing the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap (Div 1) as the 11-4 favourite, and jockey Colin Keane followed up in the second instalment on 3-1 market leader Invincible Don.

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