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Stack doubles up at the Curragh

Tommy Stack completed a double at the Curragh as he bagged the feature race of the day when Lolly For Dolly scooped the Group Three Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes.

The four-year-old filly, sporting first-time blinkers, revelled in the testing conditions to handsomely repel Aidan O'Brien's Gemstone by two lengths.

Although she looked a shade keen early on, Wayne Lordan's partner picked up nicely inside the final furlong to win going away as the 5-2 joint-favourite.

Fozzy Stack, whose father enjoyed a four-timer at this curtain-raising fixture in 2010 and had scored earlier on the card with Blue Dahlia, said: "She did it well and travelled better in the blinkers.

"We decided to put blinkers on as it was a good prize and she tends to hit a flat spot in her races. We'll go for the Gladness Stakes (Curragh, April 3) next."

Drombeg Dawn (25-1) narrowly outgunned Jim Bolger's Toraidhe in an exciting renewal of the Irish Lincolnshire.

Both horses were placed handily throughout, but the Ben Curtis-ridden mare seized the day by a short head.

British raider Kyllachy Star, trained by Richard Fahey, ran a nice race in third, another neck away from the Andrew McNamara-trained winner.

McNamara said: "I won this race 25 years ago with Colonel James, although he won a lot easier than this filly today.

"We'll step her up in trip, perhaps to 10 furlongs, and she'll go on quick ground. She was working well at home and is a great filly as her work never varies. I was tempted to go over hurdles with her but might have to have a rethink now."


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