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  • 16:35 www.thetote.com Irish Lincolnshire 1m

  • (Premier Handicap) €60,000 added 4yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner €35,999 2nd €11,400 3rd €5,400 4th €1,800
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 50.93s
  • Off time: 16:36:16

Drombeg Dawn lifts Irish Lincoln

Andrew McNamara lifts the Irish Lincolnshire with Drombeg Dawn

Last Updated: 20/03/11 5:24pm

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Drombeg Dawn (centre) prevails in a thrilling finish.

Drombeg Dawn (centre) prevails in a thrilling finish.

Drombeg Dawn prevailed in a photo finish to win the www.thetote.com Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh on the first day of the Irish turf season.

Trained by Andrew McNamara, the five year old mare was always prominent under Ben Curtis and ran on well to get the call by a short-head from Jim Bolger's Toraidhe.

Drombeg Dawn, who has run well fresh in the past, was winning for the first time since July 2009 and this third career success was by far and away her most valuable victory.

McNamara said: "I won this race 25 years ago with Colonel James, although he won a lot easier than this filly today.

"We'll step her up in trip, perhaps to 10 furlongs, and she'll go on quick ground.

"She was working well at home and is a great filly as her work never varies.

"I was tempted to go over hurdles with her but might have to have a rethink now.

"She loves the Curragh but was beaten four times here by less than a length."

Runner-up Toraidhe didn't go down without a fight as he attempted to add to his sole success in a maiden over course and distance.

They were chased home by the Richard Fahey trained Kyllachy Star who came with a withering run up the stands' side in the final furlong but could never get on terms with the leading pair, beaten a neck for second, with the progressive mare Rory Anna finishing a further neck behind just outside the places over a trip short of her best.

Dermot Weld's Photo Opportunity was sent off a well-backed favourite but failed to pick up having held a good position just off the pace whilst the better fancied of Fahey's two runners, Our Joe Mac, never landed a blow.

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