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  • 15:25 Totesport Victoria Cup 7f

  • (heritage Handicap) £85,000 added 4yo+ 29 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.73s
  • Off time: 15:28:24

Dandy Boy Foils Mabait Gamble

Last Updated: 08/05/10 6:07pm

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Colm O'Donoghue - won aboard Dandy Boy.

Colm O'Donoghue - won aboard Dandy Boy.

Dandy Boy pulled off a carefully-engineered plot when swooping late to thwart a huge gamble on Mabait in the £85,000 totesport Victoria Cup at Ascot.

Advertising his claims for the Royal Hunt Cup here next month, the David Marnane-trained four-year-old produced a storming run to get up and pip Mabait under Colm O'Donoghue and score by a neck, with Marajaa half a length away in third.

The 16-1 chance was adding to the fine big-race record of his pilot, who as one of Aidan O'Brien's regular jockeys has won a French 2000 Guineas on Astronomer Royal as well as the Chester Vase and the Dante Stakes last season.

Tipperary-based Marnane, who trains the winner for Malih L Al Basti, said: "His comeback run at Dundalk was very good, and although we were a bit worried about his (low) draw he did it really well.

"He has plenty of speed and is a horse you could race over six furlongs, although he gets this trip (seven furlongs) well. Colm's done a lot of work on him at home and is a big asset to the yard."

O'Donoghue had walked the track with Marnane and said: "After that we were happy to ride to our draw. This has been the plan for a long time and David thought the race would suit him.

"I ride most of David's at home and this one has come here trained for the job."

Marnane explained that Dandy Boy was bought out of the breeze-ups after being sent there by his brother Con. He added: "The owner is a good friend of the family and comes from Dubai. I'm delighted for him.

"The horse is entered in another handicap at Leopardstown, but the mile race here (Hunt Cup) could be an option."

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