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Belle The Lioness makes winning debut for De Bromhead

Belle The Lioness and Davy Roche win at Cork.Belle The Lioness and Davy Roche win at Cork.
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Belle The Lioness made a winning debut for Henry De Bromhead in the concluding Cork & Waterford Mares' Point-To-Point Flat Race at Cork.

Third on her last start for Donal Barry at Boulta in December, the daughter of Soldier Of Fortune saw off the challenge of Kates Hill to run out a decisive winner in the end.

The latter mare did well to hold on for second, as she just held off Time To Rocco

Jockey Davy Roche; "she was really good. She was keen at home and it was just about getting her to switch off today and learn. She switched off, I could get into the race whenever I wanted and she quickened on down the straight.

"She was still green and was pricking her ears down the straight.

"She'll do the job for us."

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.