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."