Bangalore A Diamond Again Over 6f At Dundalk

Fri 15th Feb 2013, 19:18

Bangalore Diamond (left) just nails Sophies Echo
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He's won twice previously over the course and distance by a head but Bangalore Diamond brought up the hat-trick tonight by just a short-head in the Irish Stablestaff Association Awards 23rd February Handicap at Dundalk.

A son of the now French-based stallion, Elusive City, the victorious top-weight had Ben Curtis (won on the five-year-old once previously) in the saddle.

The pair formed a determined partnership (Curtis got a 1-day whip ban for excessive frequency) as they ran down the front-runner, Sophies Echo, in the last stride.

Tom McCourt trains Bangalore Diamond for Sarah Foran and Barry Doyle and the Stamullen handler explained: "I've seen him travel better but he stuck at it well from a furlong and a half out.

"He got very upset here last time and I'll maybe come back with him in two weeks here." (MG & EM)

Clancy more than ready after a break

There were a few negatives but with a rating of 89, Clancy Avenue was going to be difficult enough to beat all things being equal in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden. Market reference beforehand mightn't have helped much but the Henrythenavigator colt got the job done in style under Billy Lee.