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Ramone springs a huge surprise

Ramone springs a huge surprise

Ramone springs a huge surprise

Bill Farrell claimed the biggest success of his training career on the first day of the Flat season at the Curragh as unconsidered 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 almost 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, mowing down British raider Amulet for a two-length success.

Afternoon Sunlight came through to deny Amulet the runner-up spot.

Farrell said: "That's the first time she's got her ground. I always had faith in her, prepped her for today and just had to decide between this race and the Lincoln (Irish Lincolnshire).

"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. I always said if I got black type I might retire!"

PA Media