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
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.