Paparazzi & Sean Corby (right) beats Lucky Red & Smiling Eliza
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Paparazzi landed the spoils in a thrilling three-way finish to the opening mile nursery at Dundalk this afternoon.
Joseph O'Brien's charge was produced to challenge over a furlong out by Sean Corby and soon disputed with Smiling Eliza and Lucky Red.
The 12/1 shot gained a narrow advantage in the closing stages and had half a length to spare over Lucky Red at the line with neck back to Smiling Eliza.
The winner, a son of Iffraaj, had finished mid-division on his handicap debut at the track 12 days ago.
“He’s a big horse and it’s probably just taken him a few runs to sharpen him up a bit,” saod Corby.
“The penny is only dropping now, and he was even a bit slowly away today which he was in the past.
“He travelled well throughout the race and picked up well and stuck his head out. There is a headwind and he got there plenty early but he battled away to the line. I think he goes to the sales now.”
(Quotes by Alan Magee)