Empire Line justified favouritism when winning the Marshes Shopping Centre Ladies Day Rated Race at Dundalk on Sunday under jockey Andrew Slattery for owners Mrs John Magnier and Mrs T Stack.

A winner at Dundalk already, Empire Line was pushed along two furlongs out, kept on well inside the final furlong and won by a comfortable four and a half lengths.

“He did it well. I’d say it’s a big advantage making the running there today, for whatever reason the way the track is riding. All the winners seem to be making the running and winning by a long way.

“He deserved to win as he’s run into a couple of decent sorts throughout the winter including Ado McGuinness’ filly the last night.” Fozzy Stack.