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Maginn's hat-trick is a Christmas cracker

By Robert Fenton

Damian Maginn ended Drumbo Park's racing year in hat-trick fashion, making for a very merry Christmas for the Downpatrick trainer.

He landed the feature race of the night, the £500 A1/A2 525 final with Tullymurry Susie and followed up with success in the novice marathon courtesy of Tullymurry Beech, having earlier won with Hooya Crater in an A4 contest.

Tullymurry Susie came late on the scene to win a dramatic encounter in the top event in which the picture changed several times before Susie pounced where it mattered.

There was bunching at the first bend enabling Bye Bye Jane to nip round on the inner and lead into the back-straight. Here Drumcrow Dino produced a great turn of pace leading into the penultimate bend and looking poised for glory.

Tullymurry, only fifth entering the back-straight, began to lengthen her stride and on the run for home, came between Dino and Jane with the unlucky Mishka finising strong on her inside. Susie prevailed by a length from Jane who was a neck in front of Mishka in 29.24.

The novice marathon (835).

But it provided the third leg of the Maginn treble, courtesy of Tullymurry Beech. The black bitch led out but was soon passed by the odds-on favourite Mohane Beth who opened up a good lead on the first circuit.

However, Beech dug deep approaching the fifth bend and rallied in grand fashion coming through on the home turn to go away, having three and a half lengths in hand over Beth.

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