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  • Vote Often Stars For Weld

Lodge Park Stud European Breeders Fund Park Express Stakes (Fillies' Group 3) 1m

  • (3yo+, 1m, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • 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
  • Last Updated: March 23 2014, 16:18 GMT

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.

Vote Often and Pat Smullen after winning at the Curragh
Vote Often and Pat Smullen after winning 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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