Alvar gets up on post
Alvar (outer) pips Ocean Drift
(Healy Racing Photos)
Ocean Drift looked set for victory in the second division of the seven-furlong handicap when hitting the front over a furlong out.
Foley got a good tune fromAlvar in the closing stages, however, and he stuck his head in front where it mattered to gain a nose success.
The 14/1 winner was making the step up to seven furlongs for the first time having been well held over shorter trips at the track previously.
“He's shown a bit of form up here in the past,” said Halford.
“He's been a backward horse and it was a great ride from Shane. I'm delighted for the owner (Paul Rooney) who has been very patient.”
Whatumaycallit was sent off a well-backed 15/8 favourite (from 3/1) but could only finish seventh. John's Legend (14/1) was withdrawn after failing to load and there was a 5 cent deduction to all bets.
Halford and Foley had also teamed up to land the opening maiden with Opera Gloves.
(Additional reporting by Michael Graham)
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