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Yulong Gold Fairy strikes it rich for Dermot Weld at Naas

Yulong Gold Fairy wins well at Naas

Dermot Weld has high hopes for Yulong Gold Fairy next season following her victory in the valuable Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final at Naas.

The daughter of Mount Nelson got off the mark at the third time of asking when winning at Galway in August and backed that up with a six-length success under Pat Smullen, staying on strongly through the final furlong to take the 70,800 euro first prize.

Weld said: "She was impressive. She did it well when she won in Galway for us and this has always been the plan.

"We'll put her away for the year now and look forward to her being a stakes filly for next year.

"She'll appear in one of the 1,000 Guineas trials next spring. She was coming home very nicely there so it's logical to try her in one of the Classic trials next spring."

He added:"She's good. She's pretty adaptable ground wise and is a good moving filly."

Colin Keane narrowly denied jockeys' title rival Smullen as Elegant Pose won a thrilling renewal of the Clodovil Irish EBF Garnet Stakes.

Smullen looked set to add to his tally when striking the front on board Making Light approaching the furlong marker and kicking clear on Weld's inmate.

However, the Ger Lyons-trained 9-4 favourite began to really motor late on and got up right on the line to take the Listed contest by a short head.

Lyons said: "I didn't see that happening in the last furlong. She's some little titch. She's green as grass and never travelled like we thought she would.We thought coming back to the mile would be no problem to her.

"She can only improve for a winter on her back because we've been training her with next year in mind.

"The sky is the limit and we have a lovely filly on our hands. She's a huge addition to the yard and I'm looking forward to her next year."

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