Review dundalk 23rd Dec

Fri 23rd Dec 2016, 20:20

Ishebayorgrey produced a career-best performance to claim top honours in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Awards 2016 Handicap at Dundalk.

Pat Martin's gelding had never won off a mark as high as 82 but did run creditably for fourth off it four weeks ago.

The well-backed Shepherd's Purse went for home with over a furlong to travel, but Ishebayorgrey (8-1) ran him down and registered a length verdict.

Tommy Stack is about to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career and enjoyed a double started by A Shin Impala in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Rated Race.

After settling just behind the leaders, Wayne Lordan had to get to work early in the straight but the 7-2 favourite eventually wore down Toccata Blue and passed the post with a length and a half in hand of Dance Alone.

Stack and Lordan doubled up when Thunder Speed made it second-time lucky in the Elusive Pimpernel Maiden (Div 2), and Lordan completed a treble on Song Of Love in the Dundalk Stadium Racing Returns Friday 6th January 2017 Handicap.

November Tale must have caught many an eye when fourth here a fortnight ago because she was backed down to even-money favouritism for division one.

She came with a late run and while Jackmel enjoyed a straighter passage at the business end, November Tale got the verdict by a short head, with the judge unable to separate Jackmel and Time Constraints for second.

Ger Lyons and Colin Keane were also on the mark with The Paris Shrug (9-2) in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Maiden, while Denis Linehan got Keukenhof home for Johnny Murtagh in the Winter Series At Dundalk 2017 Apprentice Handicap.

Slaney Street was 3lb out of the handicap for the Happy Christmas To All Our Patrons Nursery Handicap but that didn't matter as he ran out a gritty winner.

The 10-1 chance had George Boole and the front-running Rock In Peace for company as they flashed past the furlong marker but pulled out most to see off George Boole by half a length.

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