Melbourne on Moloney’s agenda for next year

RED Moloney bounced back to winning form when landing the listed Ulster Bank Carlingford Stakes at Dundalk last night and will be aimed at the Melbourne Cup next year.

Always close to the pace under Declan McDonogh, the progressive three-year-old edged ahead with a furlong and a half to race and ran on strongly to beat even-money favourite Ezima by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Kevin Prendergast was not present but winning owner Norman Ormiston stated: “We still don’t know what happened at Galway. He just didn’t perform, but was fine afterwards. Kevin decided to give him a break and we’ve always believed in the horse. He proved himself again today.”

Ormiston added: “He’ll be trained for the Melbourne Cup next year. It’s a case of have horse, will travel.”

The John Oxx-trained Dahindar proved a smooth winner of the opening five-furling maiden, justifying the promise of his second to subsequent Group 3 winner Jupiter Pluvius at the Curragh. Having missed the break, odds-on favourite Dahindar was soon tracking the leaders and, having edged past the speedy La Sylvia approaching the furlong-pole, stretched clear under Michael Kinane to win impressively by three and a half lengths.

John Oxx, on only his second visit to the new track, explained: “He has improved with each run and liked the surface. His grand-dam, Dafayna. won the Cork and Orrery. This colt should make a nice sprinter next year.”

Oxx and Kinane were expected to complete a juvenile double in the mile maiden but Thoroughly Red, having encountered some traffic problems, could get no nearer than third in a three-way photo-finish, behind 20/1 shot Memphis City and Croi Mo Ri. Winning trainer Andy Oliver said: “He was trained in England by Jeremy Noseda and has been gelded since he left there. I only have him about six weeks and, while I knew he was working well at home, that was a bit of a surprise.”

Ger Lyons continued his remarkable record of saddling a winner at every meeting at Dundalk since it opened when Mist And Stone, ridden by Kevin Manning, prevailed in a blanket-finish to the Ulster Bank Newry Business Centre Fillies Handicap.

“The filly’s owner died since her last run,” said Lyons, “It’s just a pity she wasn’t here to see this. The filly was due a change of luck and deserved her win.”

Fran Berry continued his rich vein of form when brining Titus Academy with a strong late surge to foil favourite Gandolfini in the Ulster Bank Wealth Handicap. Martin Maguire, trainer Pat Flynn’s representative, said: “He needs good ground and got bogged down in the heavy at Tralee last time. Fran said he enjoyed that surface and that he’ll win a few more. He might stay at seven furlongs and will come back here again before the end of the season.”

Berry completed a double when First In Line landed the nursery.

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