Sunday 23 October 2016

Laviniad gets up late in Corrib

Published 30/07/2015 | 16:32

Laviniad ridden by Declan McDonagh (left) beats Tested (second right) in the Corrib Fillies' Stakes
Laviniad ridden by Declan McDonagh (left) beats Tested (second right) in the Corrib Fillies' Stakes

There was a pulsating climax to the Arthur Guinness European Breeders Fund Corrib Fillies Stakes at Galway, with the Willie Mullins-trained Laviniad getting up in the shadows of the post under Declan McDonogh.

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Tested was the 2-1 favourite for the Listed contest, bidding to give Dermot Weld his fourth winner of the week, and she looked set to oblige when striding on from the home turn in the hands of Pat Smullen.

However, Laviniad (5-1) managed to find a gap on the rail after briefly looking short of room and quickened up smartly to get up and nail the market leader by a neck, making it four for the week for Mullins.

"I'm after watching it three times, I thought she was second the first time, and third the second time, and I still can't make out the angle here. I watched it in the parade ring, which I never do, I always watch them live," said Mullins.

"She's very temperamental. We had an awful job to get Declan on to her and eventually when he did get on to her at the fence here past the stands, he had to ride her without his feet in the irons the whole way up to the start. She's herself, but once you let her be herself she's fine.

"I always keep them entered up just in case they win out of turn like that. I didn't dream she'd win today. I have her entered in Cork next week where she's won before - I love horses for courses.

"I didn't think she'd handle this track, so it just goes to show the way they can surprise you, but she's a filly that's improving all season. She's big and she's got really strong this year and her strength is coming out now.

"Any winner is good. We don't buy too many Flat ones so we just get sent Flat horses by people and Ballylinch support us every year, sending us an odd good one like this. It's fantastic."

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