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Sretaw earns reward at last

Sretaw ended a remarkable run of six seconds in terrific style by taking the 21-runner Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh.

There were lots in with a chance as things changed rapidly in the final furlong in what proved a rough finish, but Wayne Lordan galvanised Gavin Cromwell's five-year-old (11-1) to land the premier handicap with a strong burst down the outside.

Vastonea (16-1) was half a length away in second with the 4-1 favourite Hasanour third and Maggie Dalton (25-1) fourth, while Warbird was the principal sufferer in scrimmaging down the centre of the track.

"We were very hopeful. She's been second six times in a row and deserved this," said owner Eamon Waters.

"She's been running to her handicap mark all the time and kept going up, but in fairness to her she kept improving.

"I bred her and bought the mare for small money. It's nearly like a dream and I'm afraid I'll wake up.

"She's entered at Leopardstown on September 14 but it's up to Gavin where she goes."

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