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Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Delphinia rewards punters in Ballybrit

Delphinia approaches the line in GalwayDelphinia approaches the line in Galway
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Delphinia justified strong support to land the fillies' maiden in Galway with Donnacha O'Brien in the plate.

From as big as 6/1 this morning she was backed down to 11/4 favourite while her stablemate, Flowering Peach drifted from 10/11 in the morning out to 3/1 on the off (finished 11th).

Aidan O'Brien's Galileo filly challenged and led turning for home but was strongly pressed by newcomer Kiss For A Jewel (6/1) in the final furlong.

Delphinia was strongest in the closing stages, though, as she beat her rival into second by half a length. Lottieloveheart completed the placings a further five and a half lengths away in third at 5/1 from 13/2.

Donnacha O'Brien said: "She liked the ground and stayed well. It took a while to find a race with stamina in it but staying is her forte.

"Maybe she was (under the weather in August) but she had two runs coming here so had a bit of experience."

Delphinia got off the mark on her third start after unplaced efforts in Leopardstown and the Curragh.

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes