Review dundalk 9th Nov

Wed 9th Nov 2016, 20:40

Chestnut Fire completed a Dundalk double with an impressive victory in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap on Wednesday evening.

Having relished the step up to a mile here last month, the Mick Halford-trained four-year-old followed up that success over the same course and distance as he justified 11-8 favouritism in fine style.

The winner got a strong pace to chase down as his stable companion Hat Alnasar blazed a trail and Shane Foley's mount mowed down his rivals for an easy three-length triumph over Secret Wizard.

Halford and Foley completed a quick-fire double when Duchessofflorence recorded a half-length verdict over Sixtyfiveroses to score at 6-1 in division one of the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Handicap.

Toreen Dancer (16-1) shaped with plenty of promise when making a winning debut in the opening Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Fillies Maiden.

Having settled in midfield, Wayne Lordan's mount picked up nicely in the home straight and got up to deny Heat Of The Day by a neck as the front two pulled well clear of the remainder.

Lordan completed his double with a patient ride on Ishebayorgrey, who got up late in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap.

The jockey bided his time on the 5-1 favourite before pushing the button late on and the top weight responded well to touch off Roachdale House by half a length.

Joseph O'Brien got on the scoresheet as Druids Cross left the form of his previous two efforts well behind to land the DKIT Students Union Race Night (C & G) Maiden.

Rock In Peace and Liberatio vied for favouritism and it looked as though the market had it right as they did battle up the home straight, but the 8-1 chance finished with a wet sail under Seamie Heffernan to make it third-time lucky by a length and a quarter from the former.

Paved With Gold sprang a 33-1 surprise when he thwarted the late challenge of Cosmic Symbol by half a length in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.

THE IRISH TIMES