Cloud makes a mon­key of bet­ter fan­cied ri­vals

Irish Examiner - Racing - - RACING - By John Ryan

The Wil­lie McCreery-trained new­comer Cloud Mon­key proved a shock win­ner of the Ir­ish Stal­lion Farms Maiden in Dun­dalk last night.

Three horses dom­i­nated the bet­ting for the five-run­ner af­fair. But it was 25/1 shot Cloud Money, chal­leng­ing on the in­side of fron­trun­ning Si­nour, which got up close home to tri­umph by a head, giv­ing ap­pren­tice Shane Kelly, who en­joyed tremen­dous suc­cess with Richard Fa­hey in Eng­land and now works for McCreery, with his first win­ner in Ire­land.

McCreery ex­plained: “I’ve al­ways liked this horse and I was tempted to en­ter him for the Der­rin­stown Stud Derby Trial, but I didn’t want to put the ki­bosh on him. He’s still a big baby and this was a nice in­tro­duc­tion for him. I’m not sure where he’ll go next.”

Trainer Ed­die Ly­nam sad­dled two of the three run­ners for the open­ing Group Dis­counts At Dun­dalk Claim­ing Race and duly pro­vided a pre­dictable one-two as 4/9 favourite Akasaka beat sta­ble-com­pan­ion Muck ‘N’ Brass (Wayne Lor­dan) by a length.

“On rat­ings, it made sense to run both horses,” com­mented Ly­nam. “Other train­ers don’t like claimers. But it’s a good shop-win­dow and the horses are there to be claimed.”

Run­ner-up Muck ‘N’ Brass was sub­se­quently claimed for 25,000 by Breen White, a pa­tron of trainer John Larkin, who later sad­dled House Limit (Ben Cur­tis) to deny Piv­otal Rock back-to-back wins in the Dun­dalk Sta­dium On Face­book Hand­i­cap.

Fran Berry com­pleted a dou­ble when Hot Bed, hav­ing his first run since be­ing gelded, con­tin­ued David Wach­man’s ex­cel­lent 2013 record in Dun­dalk by bag­ging the fea­tured Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Pack­age Hand­i­cap.

“He picked up and kept go­ing well,” com­mented Berry. “David was right about him — he said he’d love the fast sur­face and run well fresh.”

On a dis­ap­point­ing night for Joseph O’Brien, 1/2 shot League Of Na­tions was turned over, nar­rowly, by the Kevin Pren­der­gast­trained Caged Light­ning — an eight-race maiden last sea­son — rid­den by Chris Hayes in the mile maiden.

Pren­der­gast’s ap­pren­tice Gary Halpin, who lost his 10lb. claim on board Maude Adams at the Cur­ragh on Sun­day, was on the mark again when part­ner­ing the Tracey Collins-trained 3/1 favourite In­di­ana Charmer to an all-the-way win over Todd in the www.dun­dalk­sta­ Hand­i­cap.

The well-backed, John McCon­nell-trained Phebes Wish swooped late un­der Gary Car­roll to col­lar trail-blaz­ing fel­low joint­favourite Pre Tax Profit in the fi­nale, the Rac­ing At Dun­dalk Hand­i­cap.

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