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Murtagh lands double at Dundalk

Updated: Friday, 06 Jan 2012 22:58

Johnny Murtagh - Muck'n'brass and Billyford both won at Dundalk
Johnny Murtagh - Muck'n'brass and Billyford both won at Dundalk

Edward Lynam enjoyed a 1-2 in the Follow Dundalk On Facebook Maiden, with Muck'n'brass comprehensively beating stablemate Atticus Finch at Dundalk.

Atticus Finch was smartly away and quickly built up a handy advantage, but the writing was on the wall turning for home as a motionless Johnny Murtagh edged 4-11 favourite Muck'n'brass upsides.

Murtagh barely moved a muscle throughout the final furlong, easing to a two and a half-length success, with Gilt Edge a modest third, four and three quarter-lengths further back.

Lynam swiftly recorded a double when Akasaka took the Dundalk Winter Racing Handicap under Emmett McNamara.

The 7-1 chance was making his first start on the all-weather and travelled superbly, before edging into the lead a furlong from home.

Favourite Black N Brew led home the chasing group, a length and a half behind, while Lynam took third place to go with his winner as Spin Of A Coin filled the minor placing.

And Murtagh completed his own double in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap when guiding Billyford home.

Murtagh always had the 2-1 favourite handy and after striking for home over a furlong out, he ran on well to deny Tarrsille by a length and a quarter.

The veteran Hard Rock City (6-1) notched his ninth career victory at the 49th time of asking when fending off Almadaa in division one of the Group Discounts At Dundalk Handicap.

The 12-year-old edged ahead a furlong from home under Niall McCullagh, and though Almadaa finished quickly, he was half a length down at the line.

McCullagh completed his double on Charles O'Brien's 7-2 chance Bramante in the first division of the Dundalk Stadium Handicap, while the bookings At dundalkstadium.com went to the 5-2 chance Melodie D'Amour, though she appeared to suffer a terrible injury after the line.

Elwazeer (2-1 favourite) took the second division of the Group Discounts At Dundalk Handicap with a last-to-first burst under Wayne Lordan, beating Elusive Express by a length.

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