Lucky 13 for The Reek in cheek-pieces
The Reek & Ronan Whelan beat Red Laser at Dundalk
(Healy Racing Photos)
Equipped with cheek-pieces for the first-time, The Reek, a beaten favourite a few times in the past, came there travelling well two furlongs out in this mile event. Champion apprentice Ronan Whelan, having his first ride on the four-year-old, asked for more a furlong out and the market-leader yet again, went on to beat Red Laser by a length and three parts.
Pat Martin trains The Reek, for his father-in-law, Tom Brennan.
The Newrath Stables, Slane, County Meath handler was full of praise for Whelan, saying: "He's a great little fella and I think he's won half the times he's ridden for me this season. He always has his homework done.
"This filly has been a bit unlucky. She doesn't have a change of gear and when you don't do things in a hurry you can get yourself in trouble around here. She doesn't get ten furlongs.
"We put the cheek-pieces on tonight and they worked. I'm delighted for my father-in-law who owns her."
In greyhound coursing parlance, Love And Cherish and Dark Pulse had a great buckle at the business end of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden with the former prevailing by a head in the hands of Billy Lee at Dundalk.