Simpson has the Code to success
A happy pair, Andrew Thornton and Claire Simpson
(Healy Racing Photos)
Simpson also owns the eight-year-old, absent since last February, Andrew Thornton had the 14/1 shot close to the pace throughout. He came through to lead a furlong out and he kept going well to defeat Fol Hollow by a length and three parts.
The favourite meanwhile, Bangalore Diamond, was reported by his rider, Ian Brennan, to have become upset in the stalls. He said his mount never travelled and was empty in the home straight. The market-leader eventually only beat one home. He was found to be bruised on his right hind leg.
Stranraer, Scotland native Simpson received her licence to train in December and this was an initial winner from just her third runner.
She explained: "I have seven horses at the minute and I previously pre-trained for Ian Ferguson and Ronnie Bartlett.
"We gave this horse a rest since we got him. He's very jointy. We'll see how he comes out of that as I don't like running them again too soon.
"I want him to come back to himself before I run him again - when we'll come back here.
"We look after him well and he gets to the beach a lot." (MG & EM)
David Marnane has enjoyed plenty of success with County Westmeath-based Tally-Ho Stud resident, Kodiac's stock, and one of his sons, Sword Of Light convincingly landed a gamble in the opening Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Maiden.