Cascavelle back to form with runaway Dundalk triumph

Saturday, Nov 11 2017

Cascavelle ran out an emphatic winner of the Floodlit Friday Nights Handicap at Dundalk.

Having struck at the Galway Festival, Robbie McNamara's grey blotted his copybook at Cork and was allowed to go off at 14-1 here.

Declan McDonogh sent him to the front just inside the final quarter-mile and the result was never really in doubt from that point as Cascavelle careered four lengths away from Katiymann.

McDonogh said: "Robbie said he would go very close and rang me as he's stuck in traffic. He said to just ride him whatever way you find him and he pinged the gates and we were hacking.

"When I let him go at the two (furlong pole), he quickened and he only really had to race for two and a half.

"He's an ex-Moyglare horse and absolutely pinged over the surface. He has some action and covered the ground really well and seemed to enjoy it.

"I could barely pull him up and he flew home and won easy."

Julia's Magic broke through in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Nursery Handicap.

Gary Carroll kept to the inside on the 10-1 chance, who picked up well and disposed of War Hero by three-quarters of a length.

Trainer Sneezy Foster said: "I'm absolutely delighted for the filly and for the owners, the Fox family have been great supporters of mine.

"'Magic', as we know her by, is a sister to Lily's Rainbow, whom I won a Listed race with in Navan last year. She had big boots to fill and she's filled them and actually, dare I say it, I think she's better than Lily's Rainbow.

"There is more to her, she's stronger and bigger, and she's still growing.

"I think whatever she does now that she'll be better in the spring. She's a lovely filly.

"Tonight was the plan and we'll have to look and see what there is now. With the fact that she is still growing, she might just have a break now and let her rest on her laurels.

"I would hope she could be a black-type filly, and if her sister did it she can do it - I'll tell her that!"

Dylan Hogan brought Massa Lubrense with a perfectly-timed challenge in the Maiden.

Colin Keane appeared to have matters sewn up on Dhafeera, but he was collared on the line by John Geoghegan's 5-2 favourite.

Keane did get a winner on the board thanks to La Cumparsita (14-1) in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap (Div 1).

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