Outsider Catrine reigns in Meath
Queen Catrine caused a bit of an upset at Fairyhouse yesterday when holding off the sustained challenge of Most Beautiful to win the Brownstown Stakes.
The second choice of Ger Lyons's two runners in the Group Three, Queen Catrine was sent off at 14/1 among a field of only six.
Gary Carroll set out to make all the running on the former Charlie Hills-trained four-year-old, who had been out of sorts so far this season.
When Most Beautiful loomed up alongside her with more than a furlong to run, David Wachman's charge seemed likely to score.
However, Queen Catrine knuckled down to great effect to add to her Listed win at Naas last season.
Dermot Weld's odds-on favourite Raymonda never looked like striking a blow, while Ainippe, a stablemate of the winner, finished out of the frame.
Lyons said: "It was a good strong ride from Gary (Carroll). We were talking beforehand and we both said we have the two best fillies in the race, if they come to what we are seeing at home. In fairness, they probably haven't had their ground all summer.
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"I just said to both lads 'what do you want to do?' We were nearly going to jump and run with Ainippe and then we switched back at the last minute when Gary said he would motorbike her (Queen Catrine) as she had the best draw.
"I said to them both to commit 100pc to whatever they were going to do and go down on your sword.
"I'd say we will stop with Ainippe once we discuss it with the Sheikh (Fahad Al Thani). She just looks like she is not in love with the game anymore."
Lyons also won the Median Auction Maiden, with Colin Keane steering home Noivado (7/4 favourite).
"He ran a lovely race in Leopardstown but like a clown I stepped him straight up to seven (furlongs). I think he's a horse with a bright future. I would be very happy with him."