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Dermot Weld lands another Challenge at Leopardstown

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 23:49 | Comments

Dermot Weld trained Pale Mimosa to win the feature race at Leopardstown
Dermot Weld trained Pale Mimosa to win the feature race at Leopardstown

Dermot Weld resumed his domination of the Listed Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown when Pale Mimosa won in good style.

Weld had won the race for five years in a row before missing out last year, but his even-money favourite was always in command after tracking the pacesetting Manalapan.

Manalapan stuck to his task bravely, but Pat Smullen drove Pale Mimosa into the lead over a furlong out and she ran on well to score, giving the trainer and jockey a double.

The double started when Initial just held on in a thrilling finish to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The 6-5 favourite looked to have stolen a march on his rivals when pulling clear a furlong out, but newcomer Hunt flew home at the finish, going down by just a nose.

Chance To Dance carried top weight to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Nasrullah' Handicap.

Kevin Manning was patient aboard the Jim Bolger-trained 5-1 chance, before making eye-catching headway to lead a furlong out.


Favourite Magnolia Beach squeezed through on the inside rail and finished fast once in the clear, but Chance to Dance was half a length too strong.

Raydara looked a filly with a bright future when making all in the Irish Stallion EBF Median Auction Maiden.

Second on her debut at the Curragh, Mick Halford's 4-6 favourite evidently benefited from that outing, as she was not hard pressed to fend off the fast-finishing Sacrificial by two and three-quarter lengths.

Ger Lyons' Some Spirit ran out an impressive winner of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show Maiden.

Streaking clear in the home straight under Colin Keane, the 5-1 chance left odds-on favourite Rightway toiling six lengths behind.

Apprentice Gary Halpin bagged a brace on the evening, first squeezing The Dancing Lord (8-1) between horses to land the kieranoconnellracing.com Anniversary Handicap, before guiding Castle Of Argh (2-1 favourite) to victory in the 'Stunning' Apprentice Handicap.

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