Clancy more than ready after a break
Clancy Avenue and Billy Lee were stylish winners at Dundalk
Tight odds-on this morning, Clancy Avenue went off at 5/4 from his berth widest of all in fourteen.
That mattered little as the three-year-old was soon near the pace, he travelled like a dream and it was a matter of how far from the two furlong pole.
Stable companion, Muizenberg Nights was struggling from that point and she eventually had to settle for third as the gambled-on Connacht Council (16s into 7s on track) chased home Clancy Avenue at a distance of three and a quarter lengths.
Lee rode Clancy Avenue for the Keoghan & McLiney Partnership and trainer Tommy Stack and the very talented pilot said: "He's a big horse and he was probably a bit weak last year. He's improved over the winter but we thought he'd need the run.
"He won well and there should be more to come from him. He'll get seven furlongs." (MG & EM)
Whilst the runner-up, Sylvan Mist didn't enjoy much luck in running, Luke Dempsey and Toberton kept things simple up front in the opening Dundalk Stadium – Light Up Your Night Claiming Maiden.