Banksters Bonus wins Ulster Derby at Down Royal

Shane Foley on Banksters Bonus wins the 2011 Ulster Derby
Shane Foley on Banksters Bonus wins the Ulster Derby by passing Force of Habit in the final 100 yards

A well-timed challenge saw Banksters Bonus win the Ulster Derby at Down Royal on Saturday.

The winner, trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Shane Foley, was the only three-year-old in the nine-strong field in the feature.

Banksters Bonus, sent-off at 9-2, got up to beat the Dermot Weld-trained Force of Habit with Denny Crane in third place.

Kildare trainer Harrington had won the race in 2008 with Fantoche.

The Ulster Oaks was won by 100-30 favourite Celendine, trained by John Oxx and ridden by Ben Curtis.

The four-year-old won by a neck from Headford Lady, the mount of Pat Smullen.

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