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Coeur D'or in dominant form

Coeur D'or well in chargeCoeur D'or well in charge
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Coeur D'or streaked right away from the field for a comprehensive victory in Leopardstown's Plusvital Speed Gene Handicap.

A mile and a furlong was the trip on offer and Chris Hayes had him in the lead after a couple of furlongs.

The seven-year-old gelding enjoyed himself bowling along in front and began to assert a furlong and a half down.

He was ridden approaching the final furlong to go and win his race and the response was impressive. He shot clear inside the final furlong and the 4/1 joint favourite eased home by a more than comfortably four and a-quarter lengths.

The places were occupied by Coill Na Sionainne (5/1) and Longbourn (8/1) in second and third respectively.

Trainer Dermot Weld said: "He got an easy lead, they went no pace. They cantered along in front, he gave him a kick and sprinted home.

“It worked out well and Chris gave him a super ride. He ran a very good race at the Curragh last time and went up 4lb for getting beat half a length.

“The Nasrullah Handicap back here next month would be a smashing race for him, but we'll see what happens.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

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About Michael Graham
Michael has worked in horse racing journalism for more than 15 years, having also written a weekly betting column on Gaelic football and hurling for a newspaper. He is involved in writing the My Racing Story features on this website. He spent a year in South Africa completing a Diploma in Business Administration and also studied Newspaper Journalism in Belfast. He enjoys playing 5-a-side football on a regular basis.