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Vote Often stars for Weld

The Dermot Weld-trained Vote Often battled well to win the Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes at the Curragh.

Karl Burke's Odeliz travelled powerfully for much of the mile journey and looked set to take the Group Three prize back to Middleham after cruising to the lead.

However, Dermot Weld's 10/1 shot Vote Often, last seen running away with a juvenile Naas maiden in October, knuckled down well for Pat Smullen to win the argument by a head.

Odeliz ran an excellent race in defeat in second, conceding over a stone to the winner due to the weight-for-age allowance.

Achnaha was third.

Weld said: "She's a lovely tough filly and she won well at Naas last year.

"The key is she loves that ground. That's why we have her out early.

"She's beautifully bred and it's good to get her a Group Three win.

"She'll be considered for the Irish 1,000 Guineas."