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Alan Magee

Alan Magee

Inishmot Prince records third course and distance win

Inishmot Prince (James Ryan) beating Tai Sing YehInishmot Prince (James Ryan) beating Tai Sing Yeh
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Inishmot Prince recorded his third win over the minimum trip at Dundalk this year when taking the View Restaurant At Dundalk Handicap.

James Ryan was also aboard when the four-year-old won twice here earlier this year and had the 15/8 favourite close enough to the pace throughout.

The Tom McCourt-trained gelding kept on well inside the final furlong to beat Tai Sing Yeh by three quarters of a length with Florence Thompson a further length and a half away in third.

McCourt said, "That's the best I've ever seen him travel. I just said running him back quickly might just spark him.

"He jumped out well the last day but within 50 yards he was on the back foot again. It is nice to see him lie up there better today.

"I have him entered over seven here on Wednesday. He was third over seven at Leopardstown over the summer. He did the same thing, he was going nowhere turning in. I don't know what his trip is!

"Obviously he has won his three over five, so that seems to be his trip. A lot of the time, no matter what trip you run him over, he seems to be doing his work at the end. That's the first time I've actually seen him travel as well as that.

"We'll have a think about Wednesday, I just don't know about the seven. I'll have a look at what is coming. He is well and he's a hardy horse. Even when he got to the front, he was doing nothing there.

"I'll probably have five or six horses for the winter up here."

On James Ryan, he added: "He has started going up to James McAuley riding out one day a week and he goes over to Ger Lyons one day a week. He wouldn't have many rides to get out of Ger's, but it is good experience for him.

"He's very tall and does well to ride at 8-4. He has a great racing brain and has come from a background where he has spent all his life riding ponies and jumping."

Quotes by Michael Graham

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