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Eastern Rules wins for trainer Mick Halford in Dubai IPIC Trophy Handicap

Updated: Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 16:42 | Comments

Eastern Rules and jockey Shane Foley
Eastern Rules and jockey Shane Foley

Mick Halford's decision to send Eastern Rules quickly back into action paid off in the IPIC Trophy Handicap at Meydan, Dubai.

The Kildare trainer is enjoying a profitable Carnival meeting and decided it was worth trying the six-year-old again after he was a close third at the same course just six days ago.

Shane Foley came under severe pressure in the straight but just held on.

Halford said: "He had a great run last week, I was a little concerned we were pulling him out so quickly but he's as tough as nails and he got a wonderful ride.

"I knew he'd stick at it well and Shane knows him inside and out, he knew he'd get him to the line."

Foley said: "I had a lovely run round today and you could see in the last furlong he is all heart. He's genuine and I knew he'd stay fighting"

A terrific meeting for the Irish continued when He's No Saint repeated the victory of 12 months ago from the same connections' Elleval in the Meydan Classic Trial.

Trained by Tipperary-based David Marnane, owned by Damian Lavelle and ridden, as was Elleval, by Fergal Lynch, the lightly-raced colt managed to win a Dundalk maiden in four starts back home.

A perfect gap opened up on the fence for the 14-1 chance, who was waited-with by Lynch but kicked right away.

Lynch said: "He's improving all the time, I don't know what happened last time in Dundalk but we've always liked him. I think he's better than Elleval, he has so much natural speed and does everything so easily."

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