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Wexford Town defies poor start to land Ulster Derby at Down Royal

Updated: Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 12:23 | Comments

Wexford Town (far right) rounds the field to claim the Ulster Derby
Wexford Town (far right) rounds the field to claim the Ulster Derby

Wexford Town put up an extraordinary performance to win the feature Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal.

Jim Bolger's colt, a full-brother to Irish Derby hero Trading Leather, missed the break and was some way adrift through the early stages of the valuable contest, and he attacked from a very wide position on the home bend.

Azurite led into the final furlong, but Wexford Town (7-1) and another late charger Magnolia Beach swooped past in the shadow of the post and there was just a head in it at the line, with Kevin Manning's mount getting the verdict.

Dermot Weld took the EBF Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks with Vintage Nouveau, who was coming off a five-length Clonmel victory and went off the 11-8 favourite in the hands of Pat Smullen.

The Moyglare Stud-owned three-year-old challenged the leader Dragon Fei off the final bend and took charge a furlong out, running on strongly to pass the post two lengths clear of Snow Scene, who snatched second.

With two non-runners only three went to post for the Value Cabs Rated Race and it was Lee Smyth's outsider Norville (7-2) who prevailed, with Smullen again in the plate, seeing off favourite Relentless Pursuit and then holding Strait Of Zanzibar by a length and three-quarters.

It was the same scenario in the Rainbow Communications Auction Maiden, with two absentees leaving three to run, and Ger Lyons' grey The Ice Meister (1-5 favourite) led all the way for a very easy seven-length victory under Colin Keane. The trainer and jockey doubled up with Snowmane (11-4) in the Albany Handicap

Harry Rogers' Calm Bay (9-2) had been plunging down the weights before winning at Navan a week ago, and he easily defied an 11lb rise when clearing away from the furlong pole under Robbie Downey to take the Louis Roederer Handicap by four and three-quarter lengths.

The David Wachman-trained Resiliency (6-4 favourite) put a poor run at Navan last month well behind him as he forged clear in the final furlong to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden by half a length under Billy Lee.

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