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Sunday 15 December 2019

Zabarajad finally off mark after hard-earned success

John Oxx's high-class colt Zabarajad finally broke his duck in the Bennettsbridge Maiden at Gowran Park last night, but he made hard work of it after being sent off the 3/10 favourite.

Miss Gardenia led them into the straight in the seven-furlong contest chased by President Lincoln, with Zabarajad, sixth in the Irish 2000 Guineas, under pressure to close.

The leader gave way nearing the final furlong and after Aidan O'Brien's President Lincoln veered left and gave Zabarajad a bump, Johnny Murtagh's mount asserted and won by a head.

O'Brien saddled three in the EBF Maiden and the juveniles finished 1-2-3, with Colm O'Donoghue leading the way on 7/2 chance Triumphant. The son of Danehill Dancer was towards the back with favourite Secretary Of State as they turned in, but found a nice gap to win by a head, with his stablemate charging late to take second.

Printmaker, in the Sheikh Mohammed colours, came out on top in the Kilkenny Handicap, foiling Elusive Award by a head.

Jim Bolger's filly Sunset Beauty ran right away with the seven-furlong handicap, winning by five and a half lengths under Kevin Manning.

At Cork, John Kiely's Oneeightofamile (11/4) put himself in the picture for the Galway Hurdle when taking the Dermot Casey Hire, Sales & Tree Services Hurdle under 7lb claimer David Splaine.

He saw off Powerstation (7/1) by two and a half lengths, with 4/5 favourite Won In The Dark another half length away in third.

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