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Four Blondes easily wins her maiden at sixth attempt

Four Blondes and Shane FoleyFour Blondes and Shane Foley
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Having reached the frame twice in juvenile maidens last season, the Ross O'Sullivan trained Four Blondes registered a first career success when easily winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Fairyhouse.

A fair fifth in a big field maiden at the Curragh on her reappearance last month, the daughter of Gleneagles took a significant step forward here, landing some tidy bets in the process.

Prominent from the outset, Shane Foley tracked Pass To Paris in the initial stages, before challenging early in the straight.

Leading over a furlong out, the 3/1jf raced clear for an easy three-and-a-half length success from the staying on Ocean Manifest

Winning trainer Ross O'Sullivan said: “It was lovely to get a maiden with her, she's a filly that had good form last year at the Curragh.

“She finished fifth at the Curragh last time, Shane had ridden her work and was fairly confident with her. She had come on a good bit from the Curragh.

“You'd imagine that Curragh form was going to stand to her today as this mightn't have been the strongest of maidens. Aidan's came out and Joseph's came out so you could understand why she shortened in price.

“She deserved that on last year's form. She's by Gleneagles and wouldn't mind a little bit more ease in the ground.

“She's out of a six-time winning Exceed And Excel mare but seven furlongs to a mile would be fine.

“She can be a little bit saucy and has a little bit of a funny head carriage but she could be progressive.

“She came out of the breeze-ups here last year and it's brilliant for John (Bowden) to get a winner, she's a grand filly to have.

“She has a nice pedigree and to win a maiden with her will help.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson.

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About John O'Riordan
John has worked for the Press Association since 2022. He also writes a weekly column for The Irish Field and is a regular contributor to the Irish Racing Yearbook. He has previously written for the Racing Post, Irish Examiner and Irish Daily Mirror. He has been involved in racing for over three decades; having experience as a syndicate member, sole owner and breeder.