A very tardy start wasn’t enough to stop War Hero (7/1 into 11/2) leading home a one two for Ado McGuinness in the finale on the polytrack this evening, the Join Us On Instagram @dundalk_stadium Handicap.
With his welter burden of ten stone six Alfredo Arcano (9/2 favourite) ran well on a strong pace for third, but stable companion Eglish was the one to give War Hero most to do.
Cian MacRedmond got the shortest priced of three McGuinness runners home by half a length from Eglish (25s into 16s) by half a length.
The other Hayestown House participant, Never Back Down, finished towards the rear.
“It worked out well. He's difficult in the stalls starting off,” commented McGuinness.
“He just loves this place and he's so versatile. He's been a great fun horse for Mark Devlin, who is a good patron of mine and has been with me a long time.
“It's great that the other horse was second as well.
“I'm going to dedicate this win to my brother (Laurence) who I buried last week. He was very fond of the racing.”
The Stewards interviewed C.J. MacRedmond, rider of War Hero, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were satisfied that C. J. MacRedmond was in breach of Regulation 10.3.g, excessive frequency. Having considered C. J. MacRedmond's record in this regard the Stewards cautioned him on this occasion.