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Nothing grim about Reaper

Sun, 19 August 2012

The Reaper put up a classy performance when defying top weight in the Bar One Racing Mourne Handicap at Dundalk.

The six-furlong contest was delayed by 20 minutes due to a problem with the stalls, but The Reaper held his nerve to run out a good winner for Ger Lyons, the leading trainer at the all-weather track.

With apprentice Emmet McNamara reducing the four-year-old's burden by 3lb to 10st, The Reaper (5-1 co-favourite) stayed on well to beat Balmont Mast by half a length.

Lyons said: "That was a great performance. I've always said he is a Pattern horse in handicaps. I had no option but to wait with him because of the ground. I'm happy with him and he'll go back to Dubai eventually. It was a good ride from Emmet."

Lyons and McNamara completed a quick double when Seeking Luck (12-1) made a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies' Stakes.

McNamara put up 3lb overweight, so nullifying his claim, but the daughter of Clodovil stuck on well to win by half a length from Nurpur.

Lyons said: "She's a big, green, gawky filly. It will be a good experience for her. She came from the breeze-ups and knew more than most. That's the first winner in those colours (Qatar Racing Limited), which is very important. She'll go for a stakes race next."

Yulong Baoju (20-1) created a good impression when making a successful racecourse bow in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for trainer Edward Lynam and jockey Fran Berry. She got home in a blanket finish by a head and a nose from the experienced Quadriga and Three Sea Captains.

Lynam said: "That was nice. It's the first horse for the Chinese connections (Zhang Yuesheng). We've always liked her, though it took a long time to get a name for her. She's the business - she's nice."

Muck 'N' Brass came up trumps in an exciting finish to the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF August Handicap. The three-year-old (14-1) veered badly right towards the finish under Wayne Lordan, but had just enough left to hold off Sindjara to provide Lynam with a double.