Indian Landing outclasses rivals

The Tracey Collins-trained Indian Landing outclassed his rivals when justifying 7/4 favouritism and recording his third course and distance success in the Dundalk Stadium Light Up Your Night Handicap at Dundalk’s first meeting of 2015 last night.

Indian Landing outclasses rivals

The seven-year-old, confidently handled by Michael Hussey, came through strongly to assert at the furling-pole and ran on well to beat Twistsandturns comfortably by a length and a quarter.

India Landing was recording his fifth career success and now boasts a record of three wins from six outings on the polytrack.

His trainer admitted: “I’m delighted. I had this race mapped out for a long time and booked Michael a month ago. He gave the horse a beautiful ride.

“He’s a funny horse and getting on. Some days he turns up, some days he doesn’t. Thankfully he did today.”

Andy Slattery’s consistent five-year-old Sharjah registered his fourth course and distance win when capturing the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.

Normally a front-runner, he tracked the leaders on this occasion, travelling strongly and, when produced to lead, toughed it out well to beat Rose Angel, giving Donnacha O’Brien his eighth career success.

“He’s bouncing every week, so I don’t know when I can give him a break,” said trainer Andy Slattery.

“That’s a ninth run in a row that he’s been in the money. He’s a great little horse and a great money-spinner. The plan is to let my daughter Anna ride him in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh, when she gets her licence.”

The consistent Your Pal Tal proved best for Johnny Levins and apprentice Donagh O’Connor in the five-furlong Handicap, getting the better of Majestic Timeline by a length and three-quarters with top-weight Strategic Heights in third.

“I’ve been trying to make him into a sprinter,” declared Levins. “He’s learning how to gallop at speed and should be a lovely horse for the grass. If he keeps improving, I’d love to run him in some of the big sprint handicaps.”

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