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Ramone is on song

By Martin Kelly

Bill Farrell claimed the biggest success of his training career on the first day of the Flat season at the Curragh as 100-1 shot Ramone clinched a shock victory in the Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes.

The five-year-old mare had registered just a solitary victory from 12 previous starts, with that triumph coming in a Leopardstown maiden two years ago.

She looked right up against it going into a tough Group Three assignment, but got the job done under a tactically astute ride from Shane Foley for a two-length success.

Farrell said: "I always had faith in her, prepped her for today and just had to decide between this race and the (Irish) Lincoln.

"She's a big, strong yoke, and the ground will control everything as to where she will run. I've only six in training and that's my first Group-race winner."

Onenightidreamed (8-1) triumphed in the Tote Irish Lincolnshire.

The Ruby Walsh-ridden Val De Ferbet won the Limerick feature.

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