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Speedy Usdi Atohi makes winning debut

Usdi Atohi (far side) beating California DreamerUsdi Atohi (far side) beating California Dreamer
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Usdi Atohi showed good speed throughout to make a successful debut in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Dundalk.

The Donnacha O’Brien-trained daughter of Ten Sovereigns, a full-sister to Asean who won a Listed race for the yard last year, was joined by the odds-on favourite California Dreamer early in the straight.

The pair fought out a protracted battle with the Gavin Ryan-ridden 7/2 chance, available at 8/1 this morning, just getting the better of the argument by a head. Cradle Of Love kept on well just a length further back in third.

Ryan said, "I was very happy with her. She jumped smart and had to do all the donkey work herself,” said Ryan.

“There is a strong headwind up the straight but she showed a real good willing attitude. She's tough, hardy and a very fast filly.

“When you turn into the straight the headwind is very strong and she's had to do all the hard work herself.

“It's daunting, it's a long way up the straight and there is plenty for them to look at first time out and the headwind is just adding to that.”

Quotes by Gary Carson

About Alan Magee
Alan has worked in the racing industry for well over 30 years including with the Sporting Life, Turform and Irish Racing Services. He took up his current role as Irish Racing Team Leader with the Press Association in 2013. He has a keen interest in most sports and plays golf.