ADAM Caffrey has been making a name for himself on the Polytrack during the winter and he rode another double, courtesy of two outside rides.
Nigel Slevin supplied him with the mount on Miss Vizeun in the Irishinjuredjockeys.com Claiming Race over an extended mile and a quarter.
The Cotai Glory filly attracted support down to 10/1 and it proved well founded as she was noted making headway a quarter of a mile from home.
She came through to dispute the lead a furlong out and led inside the final 100 yards before holding Final Fantasy by a neck for owner Judith Long.
Slevin said: “She got jarred up towards the end of last year and we just had to give her a holiday. It came together (visor and Caffrey’s claim).
“We put her in if someone wants her as we kind of have to keep moving them on. We’ll see what happens.
“He is good value for his 7lb claim. I shoe for Ado (McGuinness) and Ado is his boss. Fair play to Ado for letting me have him.”
The winner went unclaimed,. However, the runner-up was claimed by Laura Hourigan.
Another 10/1 winner
Caffrey steered another 10/1 shot, Macadam’s Rock, home in the DundalkStadium.com Handicap.
Hilary McLoughlin’s charge bounced back to form when he bounded home in the closing stages to win going away by a length and a half.
Martin Ferris, partner of the trainer and owner of Macadam’s Rock, said: “Whatever he gets, we will be trying to take the 7lb off again. By the time we find another race for him, I’d say Adam could be down to 5lb!
“This horse lost his way and we were getting a bit frustrated.
“I think the race fell his way. They went a good gallop and he got a nice slip up the inner. He is down in the ratings and Adam took 7lb off.”
Song is in fine tune for O’Donoghue
JOHN O’Donoghue looks to have a smart horse on his hands in Song For Whoever who landed the six-furlong Join On Instagram Race in good style for Genesis Thoroughbreds Club.
He was backed all the way down to 8/15 favourite and his supporters were on good terms with themselves after he asserted in the final furlong to skip three and a quarter-lengths clear.
O’Donoghue said: “He’s improving with each run. I’m looking forward to giving him a little bit of time now and just aiming at the turf. He’s done his job so far.
“He has come into the race very cleanly there and quickened up as you would like, and he has put a bit of distance between a couple of winners which is great. Billy (Lee) said he is professional. He rode him over seven (furlongs) and suggested going back in trip.”
He won a maiden over the same trip by three and a half lengths before Christmas.
Higher Kingdom showed that he isn’t the easiest ride, but he did surge home under Siobhán Rutledge to collar Burren Song in the final 50 yards. The 11/2 chance hit the line three quarters of a length up on that rival.
Trainer John McConnell said: “You can see there he is quirky, he is going diagonally up the straight. He doesn’t find a lot for whip.
“He’s more a hands and heels ride but he has some ability. He obviously stays this trip and it was a really good ride.” Séamus Devlin owns the six-year-old gelding.
Johnny Murtagh’s Malacanne (7/2) made the breakthrough in the Book Online At DundalkStadium.com Handicap under Shane Kelly.
The son of Raven’s Pass was strongest deep in the final furlong as he came home to win by three quarters of a length for Weld-Spec (Glasgow) Ltd.
Kelly said: “He ran well here the last day and the step up to a mile and another run under his belt helped. He’s actually a grand little horse, he’s a yard favourite so I am delighted that he won.”
Bold efforts finally bring winning rewards
AFTER a trio of placed efforts, Bold Ribb got his turn in the View Restaurant Dundalk Apprentice Maiden.
The 4/5 favourite ran for Joseph O’Brien and travelled smoothly for Hugh Horgan in the Teme Valley silks before kicking on over a furlong out. Their advantage was whittled down to half a length by gambled-on Lauroline at the finish.
Plenty of ability
Assistant trainer Brendan Powell said: “He deserved to get his head in front. A big, strong horse and he has plenty of ability. On the book, he had every right to win it.
“I think he is off to the sales in a couple of weeks’ time. He is a sound horse and I’m sure he will give somebody fun.”
George Kingston saddled a welcome winner in Hero Of The Hour in the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Handicap.
The well-supported six-year-old closed on the outer two furlongs from home and came through for Chris Hayes to lead in the final 150 yards.
After the 4/1 shot scored by a length and a half for owner David Hoey, Kingston said: “He deserved it, he’s had issues and a few injuries and we had to be careful, but he had more than enough ability to do that. The last day he should have challenged and he just rolled in behind the horse.
“I just thought there was more to it than that and, he was so well the next day, I said we would go with the blinkers. Blinkers made him focus.”