Life Dandy in Dubai for Marnane
David Marnane had something of a homecoming at Meydan as he saddled his first winner as a trainer in Dubai through Dandy Boy in the Dolce Vita Handicap.
Marnane, a former jump jockey, hails from Co Tipperary but spent eight years in Dubai and was assistant to Kieran McLaughlin before setting up on his own back in Ireland in 2005.
Dandy Boy won the Victoria Cup at Ascot last spring but had come up a little short in Group races for the rest of the campaign.
The mount of Colm O'Donoghue and sent off at 10/1, he whipped right through the field and quickened just under two lengths clear of his compatriot Hujaylea.
"It's my first winner out here," said Marnane.
"It's changed a lot since I left five years ago but it's a wonderful set-up and no stone is left unturned for you.
"The horse seems a lot stronger this year.
"I'm hoping he will now be the finished article.
"This was over seven furlongs and I might well run him back on the Tapeta in about four weeks.
"Hopefully after that he might be able to go for the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night."
Troytown Chase winner Jack The Bus may not run again this season as the ground may no longer suit him.
The 11-year-old was part of a unique November double for owner Seamus Murphy, whose Hello Bud also won the Becher Chase at Aintree on the same day.
Jack The Bus had been aimed at the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over the Christmas period but was forced to miss the race with a minor leg injury and his liking for soft ground could see him sidelined until next season.
"He was supposed to run at Christmas but he got a bit of leg trouble so we've given him a break.
"It's not serious," Murphy said of the Peter Casey-trained veteran.
"Jack The Bus probably won't run again this season.
"He has to have it soft and while he could run at Punchestown, it's unlikely he'll get his ground.
"We'll probably look for a similar campaign again -- start him off in the Troytown at Navan and then go for the Paddy Power at Christmas.
"It was a very unique double that day.
"Two major races, one in Ireland the other in England, owned by the same owner and bred by the same breeder (Casey).
"It was a very unusual event."