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Facade comes through for Dunalk win
25 Nov 2015 21:09
Facade had to work a bit harder than expected but eventually proved too strong in the Big Bad Bob Fillies Maiden at Dundalk. With black type on her CV already thanks to her second in the Cooley Fillies Stakes, she now has a win on the board, although Seamie Heffernan looked anxious when the 4-7 favourite didn't immediately reel in Eagle Valley. Once she knuckled down, though, Fa & ccedil;ade found a gear that her rivals don't possess and she passed the post with two lengths in hand. Twin Falls went into the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Median Auction Fillies Maiden with some excellent form to her name but couldn't repel the challenge of Scatterling (9-2). All seemed to be going to plan for the 4-11 favourite when she set sail for home at the top of the straight, but Scatterling went in pursuit and quickened a length and a quarter past her. Winning jockey Colin Keane looked like following up on Manorov in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap, only to be pipped by Maskoon (9-2). Previous experience of the Polytrack wasn't necessary in the Rated Race as Northern Surprise made a successful all-weather debut. A three-time winner on turf, on which he is best with give underfoot, the 10-1 chance mowed down Hat Alnasar in the hands of Pat Smullen and kept going to triumph by a length and three-quarters. Tithonus highlighted the well-being of the Denis Hogan string with a determined victory in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Handicap. The 7-2 joint favourite was always to the fore under Heffernan and gamely saw off Missile Command by half a length to give Hogan his fourth success from his last six runners. Dodgybingo was the least exposed of the three runners assembled for the DKIT Students Union Race Night Nursery Handicap and the 8-11 favourite successfully conceded weight, beating Zig Zag by three-quarters of a length.

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