Weld lands Irish Field Handicap

Dermot Weld landed his first win at the Curragh for 2012 when Croisultan came with a late run to land the Irish Field Handicap at the Curragh.

The gelded son of Refuse To Bend, Croisultan was winning his first start for Weld having been in the care of Liam McAteer last season where he finished seventh in the Ayr Gold Cup.

In a race run at a good tempo it was Luisant and Jeannie Galloway that took the field on in the early stages with Pat Smullen content to wait at the back on Croisultan.

With the field swinging into the final furlong it looked like favourite Maarek had came with a winning run as he kicked a couple of lengths clear.

However Pat Smullen was just getting his mount into top gear and ranged up to Maarek in the final 100 yards and won by a cosy neck at the line.

Dermot Weld was pleased with the performance saying “He did it well under top weight. He was working well at home and will now head to a listed race at Cork in two weeks provided the gound is not too fast.”


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