Cat back on form

By Gary Carson

Wed 12th Dec 2012, 19:45
Curl Cat pulls clear for Rory Cleary
Curl Cat pulls clear for Rory Cleary
(Healy Racing Photos)
Curl Cat sprang a 20/1 shock in the second division of the mile handicap at Dundalk to score for Tom Clearys.

Rory Cleary, riding for his father Tom, produced the long shot with a perfectly timed run at the furlong pole to land the spoils.

Settled mid-division early on he swooped to lead with a furlong to run and powered away in the closing stages to record a three-and-a-quarter length victory.

It was a fourth career success for the gelding and his first since Laytown in September 2011.

It was also a welcome winner for trainer Tom Cleary, who last struck with Miranda's Girl here in October 2011.

"He lost his way a bit," Rory Cleary senior. "He had a problem with his hind leg and had some work done on his back in the last few weeks."

Samollie was withdrawn after getting under the stalls. He was 6/1 so there was a 10 cent deduction on all bets.

5/2 favourite Thebarberkelly, who had landed a gamble on his previous run here, was back in sixth.

Johnny Murtagh picked up a one day whip ban for failing to give his mount Diamond Daze (fourth) time to respond.

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)

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