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Lynam sees Focus go in at Down Royal

Eddie Lynam enjoyed a rare visit to Down Royal as he sent out Focus Of Attention to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Sent off a 9-1 chance under Robbie Downey, the three-year-old was having her third run.

After finding seven furlongs too far last time out, back down at five she just got the better of Shinko Princess.

"She's a well-bred filly. She has a good attitude and it was nice to win a race and she might win another one hopefully," said Lynam, who saddled three in the race.

"She saw it out well, she's learning as she goes along. There are not many of these races left and these are horses that have had little issues along the way. This filly is a big filly and took a bit of time.

"It's a nice track, I haven't been here in a while. When the chances are there, you have to take them."

Damselfly (2-1 favourite) finally broke her maiden at the eighth time of asking.

Joseph O'Brien's filly has been placed more often than not but had yet to hit the target before wearing down Kimono Girl late on in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden by half a length.

"She travelled quite well. The ground was a little bit slow for her today, it's soft ground and I rolled around a little bit in it but she's a very consistent and genuine filly," said jockey Wayne Lordan.

"She went to the line well. Another furlong would be a help as well. I suppose she was entitled to win that.

"Joseph was confident, he was just afraid of the ground, to be honest. It went a bit soft, but we got away with it today."

Johnny Murtagh's Beach Wedding opened her account at the fifth attempt in some style as she made all the running in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden.

Rory Cleary dictated affairs from the start on the 6-4 favourite, who kept going strongly to score by two and a half lengths from Air Of Nobility, who made up plenty of ground in the final furlong.

Cleary said: "She was very straightforward and rides like a smart filly riding her that way. Hopefully she will come on again.

"Johnny was very confident. He said to keep it simple, jump out and ride her positive and wherever you are from there to make the best way home as she'll get there."

Magic Sea (20-1) just edged out Just Sherry by a nose under 7lb claimer Danny Sheehy in a thrilling finish to the West Coast Cooler Rose Nursery Handicap.

The pair crossed the line as one but the photograph revealed Sarah Dawson's colt had just got the verdict, while Path Of Silver (8-1) was a ready winner of the Weatherbys Handicap for Oisin Orr and Richard Brabazon.

Orr doubled up on Tony Martin's 3-1 favourite Our Rachael in the West Coast Cooler Original Apprentice Handicap.

The West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Ulster Cesarewitch brought the card to a close, with the prize going the way of Nelson Road (8-1), trained by John Joe Murphy and ridden by Shane Foley.

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