Warrior is star of McGuinness treble at Dundalk

Friday, Mar 15 2019

Ado McGuinness’ flying Dundalk form continued as he saddled his second treble of the year at the all-weather venue.

Beau Warrior was the star of the show for the Lusk handler on Friday night, storming home to land her fourth successive course victory in the Racing Post Race.

The Declaration Of War filly had rattled off a hat-trick at the track before the turn of the year, and picked up where she left off after her break.

The 7-2 shot was ridden for the first time by Ronan Whelan, and he conjured a change of gear from his mount inside the final furlong – getting on top close home from Empire Line for a three-quarters-of-a-length win.

McGuinness said of Beau Warrior: “I think she’s a very good filly. I thought she would have won her maiden but she had a mad growing spurt and was immature.

“We’ll mind her now and try and get her some black type. There are fillies’ races at Cork and Navan that she could go for.

“It’s the best winter we’ve ever had here.”

He had shot out of the blocks on the card to land the first two races.

Ty Rock Brandy prevailed narrowly in a tight, three-way finish to the opening Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap.

Colin Keane got his mount home by a short head as Haqeeba and Ar Saoirse dead-heated for second.

Georgian Bay recorded his third win of the campaign for McGuinness when wearing down Cape Agulhas late on to justify his short price in the Ace Casino Kildare Town Claiming Race.

The even-money favourite, who had to work to get on top close home by three-quarters of a length, was claimed after the race for 4,000 euros to be trained by Thomas Coyle.

Champion Hurdle-winning trainer Gavin Cromwell continued his good week when Ciao just held on to claim the Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap.

The 9-2 shot, under Donagh O’Connor, resisted the late charge of Waterboy to secure a short-head win.

Miss Louise was one of the more decisive winners of the night when asserting in the closing stages to land the Killowen Contracts Handicap by three and a quarter lengths at 20-1 for Dot Love and Killian Leonard.

Iseebreeze, narrowly denied at the course on her last visit, went one better in the BarOneRacing.com Handicap – and dropping back to a mile did the trick for Secret Wizard in the Marshes Shopping Centre Handicap.

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