More Than Munny’s storming late run proves decisive

Apprentice Denis Linehan registered his eighth career success, and his first of 2016, when bringing More Than Munny with a storming late challenge to collar odds-on favourite Go Kart in the featured Irishinjuredjockeys.com Race in Dundalk last night.

The Johnny Murtagh-trained Munnings gelding, fourth in his recent debut here over seven furlongs, took time to hit top gear but finished well, denying the favourite close home and scoring by a neck with 20/1 shot Flowerhill Nova a close third.

The delighted trainer stated: “They went quick, which helped, because I was afraid six furlongs might be a bit sharp for him. But he’s a nice horse and is learning all the time.”

The Pat Shanahan-trained Split The Atom defied top-weight under Donnacha O’Brien in the six- furlong Crowne Plaza Dundalk Race & Stay Handicap, battling courageously to hold gambled-on favourite Dark Alliance by a head.

The four-year-old was winning for the third time on the polytrack.

Shanahan explained: “Six or seven furlongs suits him and he loves it around here. He loves to be up with the pace and is a straightforward ride. He’s not very big, but carries weight well.”

Out of luck with Dark Alliance, Michael Halford and Conor Hoban struck in the first division of the one-mile Jolly January Dining Handicap when 11/8 favourite Skerray Rules stayed on under strong pressure to deny the gambled-on front-runner Ciankyle.

The second division provided apprentice Christina Simpson with her second success in the saddle as Pick Your Battle (16/1) prevailed for Andy Oliver, beating favourite Rose Angel by a short-head.

Up a total of 15lb. for wins here in November and last month, Northern Surprise (Billy Lee) completed a fine hat-trick when getting up in the dying strides to beat front-running Poetic Choice in the seven- furlong www.dundalkstadium Handicap.

“It’s always hard to win three in a row, but he’s tough and keeps finding,” said Doyle. “Billy knows him well and knows that he’ll keep going. We’ll have to step him up in grade again, in a few weeks.”

Ronan Whelan, who started the New Year with a double two weeks ago, was seen at his strongest on board the Tracey Collins-trained All Body And Soul which landed a tidy gamble in the opening Big Bad Bib Maiden over a mile and a half.

As big as 20/1 in some places during the day, the High Chaparral gelding showed a good attitude, battling to see off Rocking The Blue by a neck, prompting his trainer to explain: “He was a promising two-year-old, but went astray and we let him out into a field.

"He’s still a baby — weak and raw — and will take more time. But I’m very happy that his owner (Galway-based Herb Stanley) persevered with him.”

A 16/1 shot in the morning and supported from 11/1 to 9/2 on track, the Denis Hogan-trained mare Meadow Cross also landed a touch in the 47-65 Follow Dundalk On Facebook Handicap, scoring under Michael Halford’s talented apprentice Conor McGovern by four and a half lengths from

“I didn’t expect her to win as easy as that,” admitted Hogan, who stressed “Seamie Heffernan is the man to thank – he told me she handles the surface and to go back up in trip with her.

"She’s a big mare with a nice pedigree and we’ll mix it with her – she’ll go back over hurdles on better ground."


Lifestyle

I see that a website describes the call of Canarian cory’s shearwaters as ‘waca waca’. It’s a mad, hysterical call, uttered when the parent birds arrive to feed their nestlings.Cory’s shearwaters show long-distance qualities

Is it too much to hope that an important public health matter, such as Lyme disease, will be an issue in the general election? There’s been a worrying reluctance by the authorities to face up to the extent of the disease here.Facing up to Lyme disease

A paper published in Current Biology examines the extinction of a colourful little bird which, until recently, thrived in the eastern US. With the appalling environmental catastrophe enveloping Australia, home to 56 of the world’s 370 parrot species, this account of the Carolina parakeet’s demise is timely.Trying to save the parrot is not all talk

The recent rescue of a trawler 20km north of Fanad Head in Co Donegal gave us a glimpse of the enormous seas that occasionally strike that part of the coast.Islands of Ireland: Inishbeg Island begs the question

More From The Irish Examiner