Tom Weekes

Tom Weekes

Tony The Gent wins Dundalk claimer

Fri 7th Feb 2020, 18:11

Tony The Gent (far side, leading)
© Photo Healy Racing

Tony The Gent gained a first win for new connections since being claimed at Leopardstown last August as the Denis Hogan trained, James McAuley owned gelding won the opening Claiming Race at Dundalk today and in the process avoided being claimed a second time.

The son of Kodiac was claimed from trainer Ger Lyons for E20,000 following his win at Leopardstown last year and today bagged his sixth career win when beating Parkers Hill by half a length.

Winning jockey Joe Doyle later said “he's a grand old horse. There is plenty of life left in him and in those claimers he's probably a little bit better than the rest of them.

“The boys know their way around the claimers and if we lose him we lose him. Fair play to them as they turn up every week, they have a couple of runners in them and they keep horses moving through the system.”

Trainer Leanne Breen claimed runner-up Parkers Hill for E15,000 while trainer Johnny Levins claimed Tennessee Wildcat for E9,000.

Quotes from Gary Carson