Legatissimo strikes for Lordan and Wachman in Gowran heat
Impressive Legatissimo stormed clear in the hands of Wayne Lordan to capture the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes in style at Gowran Park.
Having won her final four starts as a three-year-old for the formidable combination of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, Carla Bianca was all the rage for the Listed feature and started the 4/5 favourite on her first start since August.
The David Wachman-trained Legatissimo was second best in the market at 3/1 on the back of finishing fourth on her seasonal reappearance in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial a fortnight ago.
As Queen Of Alba cut out the early running, Legatissimo was held up towards the back but arrived on the scene full of running with two of the nine furlongs left to run.
With Carla Bianca failing to find another gear, Wedding Vow put up most resistance, but Wachman's charge had too many guns and quickened almost four lengths clear. Euphrasia beat Carla Bianca to third spot.
"She liked the good ground," said Wachman. "She got stuck in the mud at Leopardstown the last day and Wayne was adamant that day it was the ground.
"She was a big, weak filly last year and has done well from two to three. I don't think she will get much further than today, although her dam is a sister to Fame And Glory.
"She's in everything and I'll have to talk to Wayne and discuss it with the owners before deciding where she will go next."
Despite failing to figure in the feature, Smullen went on to record a double courtesy of victories aboard the Dot Love-trained Not A Bad Oul Day (6/1) in the seven-furlong handicap and Weld's Zafilani (7/4) which made all the running in the closing conditions event.
Jim Bolger was on the mark at his local track as Aerlialist showed a willing attitude in the hands of Kevin Manning to edge out Ardhoomey by a head in the opening seven-furlong maiden.
Across the water, the Alan Swinbank-trained In Focus created his own piece of history at Wetherby by winning the track's first-ever Flat race. Under David Allan, the 11/1 shot battled gamely to edge out Rousayan by a nose.