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Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Dame Rapide makes winning start for Fitzgerald

Fri 13th May 2022, 20:58

Dame Rapide
© Photo Healy Racing

On her first start for over 300 days, Dame Rapide (11/1) readily landed the Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Apprentice Handicap in the hands of Daniel King.

The five-year-old, successful three times at Dundalk in 2020 for previous trainer John McConnell, hadn’t been seen since last July but travelled sweetly in mid-division before making progress on the outer turning for home. She soon went out after the free-running leader Clueless Hill and swept past that one in the final furlong to win by three and a half lengths. Breffni Girl and Pretty Little Liar completed the placings.

The winner was making her first appearance for winning trainer Barry Fitzgerald who said: “She’s a nice filly and I thought coming here today with the wide draw we would definitely be placed.

“Daniel gave her a super ride. I told him to jump out and get across. He got a lovely position and got her settled as she’s a keen filly at home.

“I have her since March and she’s a nice filly going forward. I’d say she’ll step up again.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

1st
11/1
Tote €17.38 €2.97
2nd
3.5L
14/1
€1.76
3rd
1.75L
11/2
€2.31
4th
2L
15/2
€2.20
bf
1.75L
11/4Fav

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