Minding confirms early promise
Published 25/06/2015 | 19:31
Minding confirmed the promise of her debut at Leopardstown when returning to the same track to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden in commanding style.
Aidan O'Brien's regally-bred daughter of Galileo found only one too good on her first outing, but she justified her 2-5 starting price with an excellent effort under Seamie Heffernan, who was happy to kick on at the two -furlong pole.
That move put the race to bed, and though newcomer The Yellow Bus emerged out of the trio of chasing runners to take second, she was five and a half lengths down at the line.
Heffernan said: "She gave me a nice feel and is taking the right steps. She has a bit of class and hopefully she's nice."
Ishebayorgrey continued his excellent recent form with a last-gasp win in the Racecourse Of The Year Handicap.
Zunera appeared to have stolen a march on the field a furlong out when clear in front, but Colin Keane drove Pat Martin's 3/1 winner into the lead in the dying strides to score by half a length from Zunera, who dead-heated for second with another fast finisher in Glimmer Of Peace.
Martin said: "Colin always felt that he was getting there, and he's a horse with great resolution.
"He has an entry at Bellewstown over five furlongs but I'd say we'll give him a break now.
"He was behaving like a colt in the parade ring but it's probably more to do with having a good few runs in a short space of time."
Keane completed a double when Toccata Blue got up late to land the Le Bruin Handicap.
Ger Lyons' 10/3 joint-favourite still had a lot to do when fellow market leader Maudlin Magdalen set sail for home, but Keane timed it right as he got up close home to win by half a length.