Followers of the red sheet had a great first half to Dundalk Stadium’s Friday night meeting, the first six races going to the runners next to the rails.
One of the winners, Feora Abegail, was the first leg of a double for Dundalk-born Conor Byrne, who’s now based in Navan. The Black Shaw bitch came in as a reserve to score a second win on her 19th outing.
Feora Abegail is a Kerry-bred and before moving north trialled in at Tralee. She had no luck on her 525 outing June 7, taking a knock early on before narrowly missing out. This time she went for a 350, and being ideally placed on the rail took advantage of some first bend crowding.
She went on to score by just over two lengths from the Peter Noone-trained Townspark Echo, recording 19.48.
Feora’s kennel-mate, Inkerman, had his task eased when the favourite, Dorsey Spider, came a cropper on the run to the opening bend. He chased So Mo Chara down the back straight before forging to the front, and making it to the line with almost three lengths to spare, the son of Nobooth For Gary and Zigzag Shot recorded 29.36.
Later on in the card, Tolka Bob was a popular winner for the Togher duo, Michael Doyle and Thomas Butterly. This lad had done his recent running over the 525, but this down contested a sprint.
Saturday night’s big performer at the local track was Man To Poznan. Trained at Craig Kelly’s on-fire Clogherhead kennel, the Kerry-owned youngster was on his first outing,but must have impressed in trials as he was made a ½ shot.
The well-made black bolted from the inside berth, and was clear going around the opening bend. He was never troubled after that, finishing with almost five lengths to spare in an excellent 28.84. The son of Hades Rocket is one to watch.