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Curragh

  • 15:40 Lodge Park Stud European Breeders Fund Park Express Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies' Group 3) €77,500 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner €50,375 2nd €14,725 3rd €6,974 4th €2,326
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 49.47s
  • Off time: 15:41:31

Vote Often delivers for Dermot Weld in Park Express Stakes

Last Updated: 23/03/14 4:19pm

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Pat Smullen and Vote Often after claiming Group 3 glory

Pat Smullen and Vote Often after claiming Group 3 glory

Vote Often got the better of British raider Odeliz in a thrilling climax to the Lodge Park Stud European Breeders Fund Park Express Stakes at the Curragh.

Karl Burke's Odeliz travelled powerfully for much of the mile journey and looked set to take the Group Three prize back to Middleham after cruising to the lead.

However, Dermot Weld's 10/1 shot Vote Often, last seen running away with a juvenile Naas maiden in October, knuckled down well for Pat Smullen to win the argument by a head.

Odeliz ran an excellent race in defeat in second, conceding over a stone to the winner due to the weight-for-age allowance.

Achnaha was third.

Weld said: "She's a lovely tough filly and she won well at Naas last year.

"The key is she loves that ground. That's why we have her out early.

"She's beautifully bred and it's good to get her a Group Three win.

"She'll be considered for the Irish 1,000 Guineas."

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