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Curran has dream ride on Yuften

Dean Curran with dad Paddy after recording his 1st win on YuftenDean Curran with dad Paddy after recording his 1st win on Yuften
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Yuften justified his short price when running out a very cosy winner of the opening Ace Casino Kildare Town Claiming Race at Dundalk this evening.

Dean Curran (19), from Kildare town, had a dream ride as he partnered his first winner aboard the 1/2 shot in the seven-furlong contest.

John Feane's charge, making it two from two since joining the yard, moved smoothly through to lead going to the furlong pole.

Curran just had to keep him going in the closing stages to post a three-and-a-quarter length success over Hasselnott

“It's brilliant, a dream come true,” said the winning rider.

“I thought he'd win but hadn't really convinced myself he would.

“I only started with John Feane a week ago and found out on Thursday that I'd be riding the horse so I was delighted to see my name down for him.

“Fair play to the boss as he had him in super order for me today.

“Turning in I was having to take him back and was just waiting for the moment to let him down. It was unreal.

“I was with Michael Halford before and he was good to me as well. I learned a lot there and the lads helped me a lot in the yard.”

Feane added:- “I’m delighted for Dean and he’s a good kid. I told him not to panic. He’s learning and all young lads need chances so we’ll try and give him a few more.

“James Mescall picked up this horse for 7,500 (at the Newmarket Horses In Training Sale) and he’s won two now quite impressive. He’s paying his way.”

Four horses were claimed after the race:-

Yuften (15k) and Best Not Argue (8k) were both claimed back by their connections. Art Of Unity (8k) was claimed to go in training with Feane and Hasselnott (7k) was claimed by Anthony McCann.

(Quotes by Alan Magee)

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About Gary Carson
Gary started out as a trainee/assistant journalist with the Sporting Life newspaper and has worked in the racing industry for over 25 years. He has been with the Press Association since 2013 and won the Irish Field Nap Table in 2016. He enjoys working with horses and trained his own horse, Mamaslittlestar, to win a point-to-point in 2019.