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Touching Story Behind "Nurse Dee" Winning Her Maiden Race

Photo Credit: Richard Fahey Twitter

The horse carries the name of the nurse who looked after Pat Smullen.

Offaly eyes were smiling following the opening race of a twilight meeting at Wolverhampton this evening. 

Nurse Dee trained by Richard Fahy and ridden by Laura Pearson stayed on well at 14/1 to win her first race at the 10th time of asking. 

Splendidly named by owner Anthony (Roger) O'Callaghan as a gesture towards Rhode jockey Pat Smullen and the nurse who cared for him during his time spent in St.Vincent's Private Hospital in Dublin. 

There's a further midlands connection as the filly was bred at Bridgetown Stud in Ballynacarrow, Mullingar, Co.Westmeath. 

In a tweet the trainer described it as a "poignant winner" and said that Pat is always in his thoughts. 

The real Nurse Dee has also been informed:

 

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