Sruthan, a half-brother to Sunday’s Madrid Handicap winner Srucahan, created a favourable impression when making a successful debut in the Irish News Against The Breeze Median Auction Maiden at Dundalk’s rescheduled meeting last night.
A son of Arakan, bred and owned by the Hyland family, Sruthan was allowed settle behind the leaders by Chris Hayes before challenging between horses to lead with less than two furlongs to race. The 4/1 shot kept going well to beat Pearl Of Africa by a length and a quarter.
Hayes completed a double when giving the Harry Rogers- trained veteran Solo Performer (20/1) an enterprising ride to land the Irish News Hitting The Target Handicap at the expense of the Michael Halford-trained pair Cebuano and Paddy The Celeb, the eight-year-old’s sixth win at Dundalk.
Jim Bolger, who started the turf season with a tremendous four-timer at the Curragh on Sunday, struck again when Mona Brown, in the familiar Finsceal Beo colours of Michael Ryan, registered her second success on Dundalk’s polytrack in the Irish News Neville Ring Punters Guide Handicap.
Ridden by stable-jockey Kevin Manning, the Dylan Thomas filly stayed on stoutly to foil Wrekin Rock.
Fresh from his Group 3 triumph on Rehn’s Nest at the Curragh on Sunday, Rory Cleary partnered course specialist Cash Or Casualty to another all-the-way win in the opening Irish News Red Hand Top Tips Rated Race.
Ezytoplishadimond, which overcame a bad draw to win over course and distance last tine, followed-up under John Egan in the first division of the mile handicap.
Trainer Michael Browne said, “I get a great kick out of this horse winning. He’s six but seems to be improving. And he might sneak into another of these handicaps.”
Wayne Lordan commented, “He stays well and should improve through the season. They went a strong pace, which suited him,” after the David Wachman-trained Seussical defied top weight in the Irish News Boot Room Handicap.
And, on a mixed night for favourite-backers, Buccaneer Bob overcame a rough passage before getting up on the line under Billy Lee to pip Armed Guard in the finale, the Irish News Club Call Handicap.
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