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Tom Weekes

Halford & Whelan complete Dundalk treble

Fri 15th Nov 2019, 20:12

Spelga provided jockey Ronan Whelan and trainer Michael Halford with trebles
© Photo Healy Racing

Trainer Michael Halford and stable jockey Ronan Whelan combined for a treble at Dundalk today

as Spelga defied a 9lbs ratings rise for a recent win at the Co Louth venue to land division two of the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap.

The son of Sir Percy had shown improvement since first racing on the all-weather surface in October and today followed up last week's half-length course and distance success with another same half-length success, over Magi Gal

Afterwards Halford said “when he won the last day he got a bit of confidence from it. Ronan gave him a lovely ride, he stayed nice and cool on him and the gaps just appeared in time.

“He's a tough genuine little fella and he does what he does. We'll keep him going up here for a while anyway.

“I'm delighted for Paul as he had to be very patient with him. I bought him as a breeze-up horse last year and it just took him a while to get the hang of things.

“He was a weak horse, and weak minded, but he's getting a bit of confidence now.

“He's found a level that he can operate off and he's genuine.”

Quotes from Gary Carson

1st
5/2JFav
Tote €2.80 €1.50
2nd
0.5L
10/1
€3.00
3rd
nk
16/1
€5.10
4th
2.25L
12/1
bf
nk
5/2JFav