McGuinness nets Dundalk hat-trick

Friday, Jan 11 2019

Ado McGuinness enjoyed a memorable evening at Dundalk after saddling a 92-1 treble.

It promised to be a good night for the Lusk-based trainer, who sent a five-strong team to the County Louth circuit.

And hot on the heels of a win for the stable’s Taceec at Wolverhampton on Monday, McGuinness made a flying start to Friday’s fixture as 6-1 shot Ken’s Sam’s landed the opening spring handicap by a length under Shane Foley.

“I’m delighted for Tom Kelly (owner), and it’s the first horse I’ve had for him,” said McGuinness.

Meanwhile Kelly, a Vietnam War veteran from Ballyleague Co Roscommon, added: “This horse belonged to my deceased son, Kenneth, and it was his parting gift to me.

“He died of cancer three years ago aged 43. His daughter Samantha was only three when he died and hence the name. This means a lot.”

Half-an-hour later and Georgian Bay (4-6) was expected to deliver for McGuinness in the claimer, following the defection of forecast odds-on shot Yuften.

Tom Madden’s mount had to work for victory, but like Ken’s Sam’s obliged by a length, warding off the danger posed by Sheisdiesel.

There were no claims for any of the horses in the aftermath and the winning trainer said: “He’s a real fun horse. We bought him for ten grand last year. He’s won plenty of money and the boys have got good fun out of him.”

McGuinness was confident that All’s Quiet’s stamina could prove decisive in the longest race of the night, and so it proved in the Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Handicap over two miles.

In the hands of Rory Cleary, All’s Quiet (7-1) accounted for Marine One by two and three-quarter lengths.

McGuinness said: “It’s great for Dan Daly (owner) who is a long standing patron of mine.

“I had a treble here before about two years ago although I wasn’t here myself that time.”

The first McGuinness horse defeated on the night was Caridade (20-1) as she beat only one home in division two of the apprentice handicap.

At the business end of proceedings Victorious Secret (4-1) and Nisior Donn (11-1) could not be split, with judge declaring a dead-heat.

Tom Madden, rider of Georgian Bay, doubled his score in the finale on Jessica Harrington’s Calling Time (3-1 favourite).

Owned and bred by Aidan and Ann Marie O’Brien under their Whisperview Trading Ltd banner, Numerian (8-1) landed the mile three-year-old maiden.

The O’Brien’s son Joseph trains the Holy Roman Emperor colt and with Wayne Lordan in the plate, he beat Unabridged and Lord Wimborne by half a length and a neck.

La Novia (11-2) put herself in the shop window by scoring in the opening split of the apprentice handicap for Michael Halford and Ross Coakley.

Fast-finishing runner-up Hey Pretty had to switch to get a run and went down by three-quarters of a length, whilst the victor could soon be seen at the February Sale in Goffs.

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