08 Aug 2022

Ger O'Leary continues fine form with another popular winner at Dundalk Stadium

Louth kennels return success at Dundalk Stadium, writes Joe Carroll

Having won with Giuseppe Cassioli at last week’s meeting, trainer Ger O’Leary was on the mark again on Friday when Satin Snake (6/4) finally got off the mark when landing the Claiming Race.

To be fair, the gelding had been knocking at the door (four places from his previous six runs) but it finally opened tonight under a strong ride from Colin Keane, who was registering a fourth winner from his last nine rides at the Stadium.

“Things are going well, roll on the grass" stated Ger’s assistant, Adrian Joyce ahead of the turf season commencing on March 26th. They have had a winner, two seconds, two thirds, a fourth and a sixth from their last seven Dundalk runners

Having created a good impression when winning at Dundalk on February 21st, Inishmot Prince (7/2 jt-fav) confirmed that view when landing the card’s opening race under young James Ryan.

Winning trainer Tom McCourt said afterwards: “I hadn’t intended running him again so soon, but this opportunity came up and we said we’d take it”. The winner is owned and was bred by Oliver Curtis.

“We’ll see how he is, but he’ll handle grass and, hopefully, will keep on improving.” He certainly has the physical scope to do so."

The Eddie Lynam-trained Linus Larrabee (4/1 jt-fav) was always travelling well under Declan McDonogh in the seven-furlong handicap and confirmed that view by running on well to score by one-and-a-quarter lengths.

Eddie has enjoyed a good time at Dundalk as both an owner and trainer in the last 15 months and there are no signs of the success stopping soon.

Trainer Joseph O’Brien made it ten Dundalk winners this year when Dances With Stars (13/8 fav) ran out a comfortable winner of the BetVictor Proud To Support Irish Racing Handicap in the hands of Mikey Sheehy, and then San Andreas (8/11 fav) won quite cosily in the BetVictor Casino Race under Jake Coen. They were popular winners, too, having been well-supported market leaders throughout the day.

Drakensberg (11/2) gained a fifth win at Dundalk when coming home strongly in the hands of Sam Ewing to land the apprentice handicap for trainer Tony Martin, who said, “The horses are running well and he’s bounced back to form”, before adding, “The owners stuck by him, which is a big help.”

The Tom Mullins-trained Agatino attracted money (12/1 into 9/1) before running out a ready winner under Ben Coen in the card’s mile maiden. Ben’s younger brother Jake also had a winner on the card (San Andreas).

Owned by Tom’s wife, Helen, the winner, who is by Buratino, is a half-brother to five winners (of 15 races), including Group 2 and 3 winner Conquest I and looks well-bought at £23,000.

Having won on his debut in a maiden at Dundalk on February 16th, Elzaam Blue took the move into handicap company in his stride by landing the card’s finale in the hands of last year’s champion jockey at Dundalk, Chris Hayes.

The Darren Bunyan-trained four-year old was another well-supported favourite, being returned as the 5/2 market-leader. He was the third outright favourite of the night to score, along with two joint-favourites.

Racegoers will be hoping for more of the same at Dundalk’s next meeting, which will take place on Wednesday March 23rd (a fixture that has been rescheduled from Friday March 18th). The opening race is due off at 5pm.

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