Carroll times it well aboard Dial
The grey Luke's Benefit leads Speed Dial over the last
(Healy Racing Photos)
The 7yo son of Medicean was unlucky on a few occasions earlier this year but he gained a deserved win at Wexford and made it two on the bounce this afternoon.
Sent off the 4/1 favourite, he came with his challenge at the last under a patient Tim Carroll ride. He hit the front on the run-in and stayed on well from there to score by a length at the line.
The gambled (was 16/1 overnight with Paddy Powers, opened on track at 9/2 and was returned 6/1) on Denis Hogan trained and ridden Luke’s Benefit lead into the straight but could offer no more when headed by the winner.
Pat Hughes said afterwards: "He didn’t get home at Wexford (won by just a short head) and was in front too soon. There is only one winning post so I told Tim to come late on him and he rode him perfectly. He is a good rider.
"He might go to Leopardstown now but there is a bit of a rise to the finish there and I am trying to pick easy tracks for him."
(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)
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