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Lolly grabs Gladness prize

Lolly For Dolly just collared The Cheka in a tight finish to the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh to collect her second Group Three win over seven furlongs on the course this spring.

The Cheka was always prominent in the hands of Johnny Murtagh and Eve Johnson Houghton's raider looked the likely winner when he took a narrow lead over a furlong out.

However, Wayne Lordan made his challenge late on the Tommy Stack-trained filly (9-2) and she got up in the last few strides to snatch victory by a short head.

"She's a tough filly. I think she's better over a mile than seven and luckily today wasn't six-and-a-half!" said Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy.

"I think she could go for a race at Newmarket on (1000) Guineas day. There is a four-year-old fillies' race (Dahlia Stakes) there over a mile and a furlong."

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