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Veteran joins elite Queensland age group

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Ten-year-old Irish Constabulary has come from last to win over 1050m at Doomben.

Veteran galloper Irish Constabulary has joined a elite group of 10-year-olds to claim city races by coming from last to win at Doomben.

Irish Constabulary ($19) gave apprentice Jackson Murphy a welcome change of luck when he stormed home to beat Tarzan ($9.50) by three quarters of a length in the Winning Edge Hcp (1050m) on Saturday.

Trainer Sue Grills’ Ollie Vollie holds the record as the oldest horse to win a city race in Queensland after scoring in a Gold Coast metropolitan four years ago aged 12.

However 10-year-olds winning in metropolitan company are also rare with open company gallopers Valderoy, Cachondeo and Supersnack among the most notable.

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Irish Constabulary scored his 11th win for the John Symonds and Sheila Laxon training partnership and took his prizemoney to nearly $500,000.

“He didn’t race until he was seven because of a dispute but he has been so honest for us,” Symonds said.

“He was badly weighted today but he gave us a real thrill the way he finished.”

Murphy hadn’t ridden a city winner for nearly two months after being suspended twice.

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