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Backdrop holds off rivals in Wexford

Updated: Saturday, 10 May 2014 19:04 | Comments

Backdrop won for Dermot Weld (L) under Pat Smullen
Backdrop won for Dermot Weld (L) under Pat Smullen

Backdrop continued the fine form of the Dermot Weld team as she landed the prize in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden at Wexford.

Sporting the familiar colours of Khalid Abdullah, the 4-5 favourite led all the way in the hands of Pat Smullen, though she gave her supporters a real scare before they were able to collect.

The three-year-old held a clear advantage in the straight, but the pack closed in menacingly and it looked as if she was sure to be be swallowed up until Smullen got to work and she responded well to hold off Nancy Rose by a short head.

There was a lot to like about the way Roheryn (7-4) went about her business in winning the Hen And Stag Parties At Wexford Racecourse Maiden, even if the merit of the form is difficult to weigh up.

Ger Lyons' filly was sent straight to the front by Emmet McNamara and was going best turning into the straight before quickly establishing a clear advantage over favourite Alafzara, which she held all the way to the line, scoring by eight lengths.

Willie McCreery's filly Mindy (16-1), wearing a first-time hood on her seasonal bow, zipped past Positive Vibes inside the final furlong to take the Campile Apprentice Handicap comfortably by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Leigh Roche.

Connor King sent Thursday's Clonmel winner Abby Cadabby on two furlongs out in the Black Point Handicap and Andy Oliver's 3-1 co-favourite cleared away to land the follow-up by four lengths.

Hurricane Jojo (11-2), fresh from a fourth-placed finish at Clonmel two days previously, was in charge by the home turn and took the Phelim Byrne's Seasuir At Wexford Raceourse Handicap by two and a quarter lengths under Seamie Heffernan.

Pat Flynn's 5-2 favourite Storm Away had a Listed run a fortnight ago and with that under her belt she collared the front-running Rory O'Moore turning into the straight in the Owenavarragh (QR) Maiden and had no trouble beating Moon Dice by three and a half lengths.

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