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Berry notches Dundalk double

Fran Berry landed a Dundalk double highlighted by victory on the promising John Oxx-trained newcomer Kirinda (100-30) for the Aga Khan.

Berry will not be seen much in the familiar green silks next season as Johnny Murtagh will be on board the Aga Khan's horses instead.

But he must have been pleased with the performance of the daughter of Tiger Hill, who travelled sweetly into the lead in the second division of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and beat Empowering cosily by three-quarters of a length.

Berry initiated his double when Ability N Delivery (6-1) took the Handicap for Cashel trainer Michael Browne, who also saddled the third home Under Review.

Browne only has three horses, but had a winner at the track on Saturday with the other one, Kenton Street.

The handler said of Ability N Delivery: "He just hadn't been getting home, although he had been running well. He got home today well. It was good going for the both of them from bad draws.

"That's brilliant - what a thrill. I only have the three horses. They'll all get runs in England before the end of the year."

The Tom Cleary-trained Bendzoldan (14-1) was badly squeezed up on the inside rail in the Christmas Parties At Dundalk Nursery, but showed admirable guts to keep going and win by a short head under Michael Hussey.

The handler said: "She was a bit unlucky here the last day, so I'm very happy with that. Michael gave her a great ride. She's in again Wednesday so hopefully she'll be well enough to go."

Arcadian Dream (9-2 favourite) drifted alarmingly left on hitting the front in the Group Discounts At Dundalk Stadium Apprentice Handicap, but still scored by a neck in the hands of Shane Foley.


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