Coen gets one over more experienced riders in Dundalk dash
Ben Coen again showed his ability in the saddle as the 10lb claimer recorded his second career success on his 22nd ride courtesy of Oneoveryou in the Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.
Coen jumped out and made all on the Mark Fahey-trained six-year-old, looking most accomplished as he drove his mount to victory over 11-8 favourite Alfredo Arcano, scoring by three-quarters of a length.
Fahey said after the 11-2 success: "She did it very well and Ben gave her a brilliant ride, he's well worth his 10lb claim.
"She's a bit of a specialist around here and the handicapper, in fairness to him, gave her a bit of a chance. Hopefully he's not too hard on her now again.
"She drifted around a little bit and Ben put his stick down and straightened her up and got her back going again. He's a very good rider.
"We'll stay going for the winter and we'll try and get another one before Dundalk is out, once the handicapper is not too hard."
Khwarizmi came out on top in a three-way photo finish to the www.dundalkstadium.com Maiden.
David Marnane's two-year-old, wearing a visor for the first time, just prevailed in the hands of Pat Smullen.
The 12-1 shot got the verdict by a head from Snow Patch, with It's All A Joke half a length away in third.
"He's done well. He's quite a lazy horse and coming out of stall 14 is not easy," said Marnane.
"He's a nice horse. We bought him in America last year and I think whatever he does at two, he'll be a nice horse next year. He has got a big frame and needs to fill in to it.
"That might nearly be it for this year. We might just bring him back next year and see how he gets on.
"I think he probably wants to step up a little bit in trip, but he was sharp and this race was available."
Edward Lynam's Peace Officer (5-2) got the better of a tight finish to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Race & Stay Maiden, edging Smart Stinger in the hands of Oisin Orr, who said: "He wasn't doing that much when he got there, but thankfully he got his head in front, that's the main thing.
"We went hard early on, but he's a horse that keeps going so I had to kick early. It worked out well."