Express delivery at Laytown
Toufan Express defied his veteran status as he shot to a popular victory in the Neptune Claiming Race on the beach at Laytown.
The unique once-a-year fixture attracted a bumper crowd, one bathed in glorious sunshine for much of the proceedings.
Many will have been with the Ado McGuinness-trained 11-year-old, who was second here last year, as he went in search of a 10th career success, having won most recently at the Galway Festival.
Although Johnny Murtagh looked a real threat at the two-furlong marker on Like Magic, Ian Brennan was moving powerfully on 5-1 chance Toufan Express and was always holding the runner-up after moving to the front, prevailing by a length and a quarter.
McGuinness said: "He's been a super horse for us down the years.
"He had a lot of leg trouble and he's been to the beach a lot as it helps him, it keeps him sound. Ian gave him a great ride.
"The sand is a bit slower which helped as they didn't take him off his feet.
"I'm delighted for (owner) Sean Gallagher - that's his first winner at Laytown.
"We thought he was finished last year but he just seems to come back, he's a lovely horse to be able to train. My kids ride him out at home, he's a great temperament.
"Laytown is a local track for me. We often take our horses to the beach where we are situated at home. They love it and it's great for their legs."
Brennan said: "He's a brilliant horse, he's been very good to me.
"During the winter at Dundalk I thought he was finished, but the boss has been great with him. He has terrible legs. You have to fall in love with him, he's a gent and anyone could ride him."
Lambourn trainer George Baker was out of luck with Dana's Present in the Tote Mobile Betting Handicap.
The Baker runner was sent off the 7-2 favourite but could only finish sixth under Seamie Heffernan as the six-furlong prize went the way of the Damian English-trained Enigma Code. Amy Weaver's Emkanaat was eighth.
A multiple winner at Dundalk, Ian McCarthy's mount kept on well to beat Ucanchoose by half a length after a protracted duel.
English said of his 11-1 winner: "He's as tough as nails. He actually ran very well at the Curragh (on Sunday) but it was a no sticks apprentice race and he's the type of horse that just needs a slap.
"I took the decision to put Ian on him here as he's a strong rider and I didn't want him carrying a lot of lead - it's paid dividends.
"He's an eight-year-old now and there's nothing new I can teach him.
"He comes down here every day for a splash in the water - we're only 15 minutes from here."
McCarthy said: "He's tough and Damian does a great job with his horses. He rang me the other day saying that this fella would have a good chance and I took out a Flat licence to ride him."