Stick with Timjoe

It’s a fair way from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork to Dundalk, but Timjoe can justify another trip up the motorway by landing the concluding Fund Raising Made Easy At |Dundalk Handicap on the all-weather tonight.

Terence O’Brien’s charge made the same journey last Friday and reaped a dividend, cruising to an easy success.

Partnered by the talented Colin Keane, the selection had the worst of the draw in 14, but the young rider did a fine job and soon had him across near the favoured far rail and tracking the pace.

Keane pushed his charge ahead over two furlongs down and Timjoe settled it in a matter of strides to beat Juara by two and a half lengths.

He was certainly value for more than that, had Keane so wished, and reappears now under a mandatory 5lbs penalty and from the best draw in one.

Truth to tell, the six-year-old gave the impression of being much improved last time and the handicapper agrees. Timjoe goes up by a further 8lbs in the future.

Eddie Lynam’s Doc Holliday, who also won here on Friday, gets the vote in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Handicap.

He was doing all his best work at the end of seven furlongs then, battling back to beat the flattering Fleet Captain by three parts of a length, and is fancied to shrug off top weight, stepping up to a mile.

Lynam’s Elusive Ice is of real interest in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race And Stay Maiden.

She hasn’t been seen for a year, not since making her debut when a head second to Queen Of The Sand on this track.

Elusive Ice is reportedly well regarded by her shrewd handler and, hopefully, will prove strong in the market.

Iron Major, who failed by a length and three parts to concede Sretaw 29lbs at the Curragh in October, is a third Lynam possibility in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey And Trainer Championship Rated Race.

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