Egan Gains Important Win With Salam Alaykum

Fri 8th Feb 2013, 20:18

Sons, David and Philip with John Egan, his own father, Kieran and Salam Alaykum Salam Alaykum credited John Egan with his first success as a trainer when triumphing in his own hands in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Handicap at Dundalk.

A veteran in the riding ranks at this stage, Egan (got a 1 day ban for excessive frequency with the whip) gave the Galileo horse a good forceful drive to hold off the unlucky in running Denny Crane (bidding to supply his trainer Eddie Lynam with a treble) by half a length.

A more than satisfied Egan remarked: "It's great to get off the mark as a trainer especially when it was for the boss (Khaled A Rahim from Bahrain). He bought a stud of 140 odd acres and he spent a good few quid on upgrading the facilities, including new boxes. He's built a pool too and a seven furlong gallop.

"He's got some nice mares, including one that's going to Frankel next week. She was placed in the Guineas for Mick Channon.

"I'm based next-door to Kevin Prendergast." (AM & EM)

Downey doubles Lynam's score at over 92/1

For a sixteen-year-old having his third ride, Robbie Downey (from Kilcock in County Kildare) gave Atticus Finch a good drive to bring up a double for Eddie Lynam (following on from Khyber Pass in the first) in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap at Dundalk.

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