Leeds United fans at Pontefract Racecourse delighted as 'The Cookstown Cafu' named after Stuart Dallas wins race

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Leeds United fans attending Pontefract Racecourse today had something to cheer about for the first time in a while as ‘The Cookstown Cafu’ won a race.

The horse is named after club favourite Stuart Dallas – trained by fan Kevin Ryan at his stables in Hambleton near Thirsk.

It took the 3.25pm race on Wednesday at odds of 3/1 for the third win of its career.

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Other horses which have been associated with Kevin Ryan include ‘Bielsa’, 'Captain Cooper' - named after Leeds' skipper Liam Cooper – and 'Alioski'.

Many Leeds United fans shared their delight on social media.

One said: “Get in! A smile at last.”

The Cookstown Cafu has previously raced at Thirsk, Doncaster and Redcar among other tracks across Yorkshire.

The horse has now won over £16,000 in prize money for connections.