Moving back on top
Philip Enright performs wonders aboard Day Dream Boy at the 2nd before going on to finish 4th
(Healy Racing Photos)
Pat Lynch's charge had proved really consistent during the summer but his form looked to have tailed off at the end of last year.
The 20/1 shot was back on top form today, however, as he recorded a six-length success.
He was soon in command and pulled clear of his rivals. Dalton could afford to ease home in the closing stages as 25/1 shot All Honours came through to take the runner-up spot.
“That was his 99th run today,” revealed Lynch afterwards.
“He loves being handy and doesn't like to be crowded in his races. He'll get a holiday now for a couple of months – I think he deserves it.
“The ground at Limerick was terrible. He wasn't able to handle it but still ran a decent race. It was lovely ground today and I couldn't believe it when I walked the course before racing.”
Dazzlers Day was sent off the 11/8 favourite to follow up his recent Limerick success but was under pressure before four out and faded to finish last of the ten finishers.
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
Rocknrollrambo ran out a convincing winner of the 2m6f maiden hurdle at Thurles as another odds-on shot flopped.