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Review dundalk 6th Mar

Paene Magnus sees it out well under Kevin Manning, from the brace of greys, Captain Joy, and Grey DanubePaene Magnus sees it out well under Kevin Manning, from the brace of greys, Captain Joy, and Grey Danube
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< Paene Magnus booked his ticket for the all-weather championship finals at Lingfield Park on Good Friday with a battling success in the mile fast-track qualifier at Dundalk.

Twice the winner of a Listed contest at the track, the six-year-old was settled in second by Kevin Manning as Grey Danube led the way in the Carragher's XL Castleblayney Race, and he needed a bit of time to grab the advantage when it got serious.

Jim Bolger's charge (6-1) took over just inside the final furlong and ran on strongly to hold on by half a length from the odds-on Captain Joy who had already qualified for finals day having won a fast-track event of his own at Lingfield last time.

There was a surprise result in the second of the qualifiers for the showcase Lingfield meeting when Shalaman took the www.valuecentre.ie Race.

The Matthew Smith-trained 10-1 shot was produced from the rear by Chris Hayes and having found a turn of foot to hit the front inside the final furlong, he had enough in the locker to hold Paene Magnus's odds-on stablemate Parish Hall by a head.

Donnacha O'Brien initiated a double on James Nash's Shinyhappyjohn (11-1), who wore first-time blinkers as he landed his first victory at the 17th attempt, bolting up by four and a quarter lengths in the Your Local Value Centre Handicap after leading at the two pole.

The jockey was riding his father Aidan's 7-4 favourite Song Of Love in the XL Handicap and hit the front a furlong out before forging clear to score by a length and a quarter.

Another member of the O'Brien clan, Ana, made it a double for Ballydoyle when she slipped 5-2 favourite Bishan Bedi through on the rail a furlong and a half out and quickly asserted to take the Muldoon XL Drumconrath Handicap by a length and a quarter.< Maira coasted up to the lead in the BWG Foods Maiden, but Pat Smullen kept Petit Adagio (5-1) going to hold her off by a neck, and the jockey doubled up on Beat The Ballot (7-2 favourite) in a division of the Coast Tavern Laytown Handicap.