Dermot Weld continues Concorde domination at Tipperary

Yulong Gold Fairy hits the jackpot

  • Sunday 07 October
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Dermot Weld won the Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes for a remarkable 12th time since 1983 when Yulong Gold Fairy took the Group Three honours at Tipperary.

The Curragh handler last clamied the prize with Big Break in 2013, and Yulong Gold Fairy (9-2) bridged the five-year gap with a game performance.

Shane Foley produced the three-year-old filly late on to hit the front, where she was all out to hold the Jim Bolger-trained Smash Williams by a head.

Flight Risk, also from the Bolger stable, was just half a length away in third place.

Weld sad: “This is the fifth time I’ve won this race in the last nine years. She loves that ground and is a very consistent filly.

“She won a big two-year-old race last year and won the Listed Corrib Stakes at Galway and has been multiple Group-placed and she is exceptionally brave.

“That’ll be it for her for the year and I’ll speak with her owner and hopefully she’ll stay in training next year.”

Weld was also responsible for fifth-placed Imaging, who was sent off the 11-4 favourite.

“I was very pleased with Imaging and match-fitness told on heavy ground,” he said.

“Declan ((McDonogh) said on the very testing ground he tired a furlong and a half down.

“He’ll go for the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown in two weeks’ time. I’m very pleased with him and he’ll be back to be a very decent horse.”

Bedrock (12-1) gave Scottish trainer Iain Jardine a notable triumph when landing the Grade Three Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle in the hands of Rachael Blackmore.

The five-year-old had run a tremendous race when fourth in the Galway Hurdle, but had flopped in two races on the Flat since then.

However, he relished the switch back to jumping, running out a ready winner.

Leading at the second-last flight, he did not jump the last smoothly, but he stuck on strongly to score by four and a half lengths from Plinth, with Wicklow Brave third.

“He had a very good run in the Galway Hurdle and it was a good performance today,” said Blackmore.

“He was a little bit in my hands, but got the job done and Iain had him spot on for the day.”

Blackmore was completing a double as she won the opening nine-furlong maiden on the Flat on Micro Manage (11-2) for Willie Mullins.

Dermot Weld continues Concorde domination at Tipperary
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