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PS, I love horse racing, too -- Cecelia all smiles as filly romps home with lolly

Fergus Black

Published 16/06/2011 | 05:00

Cecelia Ahern was all smiles at
Royal Ascot yesterday as a horse
she owns with her husband David
Keoghan, 'Lolly for Dolly', landed
the Windsor Forest Stakes at odds
of 11-1
Cecelia Ahern was all smiles at Royal Ascot yesterday as a horse she owns with her husband David Keoghan, 'Lolly for Dolly', landed the Windsor Forest Stakes at odds of 11-1

BERTIE Ahern once told the Planning Tribunal: "I do have a clear recollection of having a few good wins over the years, including one or two successful bets in 1996."

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And the former Taoiseach would have enjoyed another good win had he chanced a flutter on a horse called Lolly for Dolly.

The four-year-old filly, owned by David Keoghan and his wife Cecelia -- Mr Ahern's daughter and award-winning author -- chose the centrepiece of the British social calendar yesterday to spring a pleasant surprise.

Royal Ascot has been described as a national institution and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

On day two of the five-day racing showcase, Lolly for Dolly lived up to her name when she romped home to win the group two Windsor Forest Stakes at handsome odds of 11-1.

The victory also provided jockey Wayne Lordan with his first winner at the royal meeting.

Lolly for Dolly has shown improved form this season since being fitted with blinkers, and it was all smiles for 'P.S. I Love You' author Cecelia as she joined husband David at the trophy presentation after the one-mile race.

However, it wasn't such a good day for trainer Aidan O'Brien, especially in the showpiece of the second day -- the group one Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Odds-on favourite 'So You Think' failed to hold off the Godolphin stayer Rewilding by a neck in the 10-furlong event.

The win on board the 17-2 chance was the first at this year's meeting for champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Today is Gold Cup Day at the event, known colloquially as 'Ladies Day'. It's the day when style, elegance and the height of the summer social calendar all combine.

Irish Independent

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