Friday 30 September 2016

Minding confirms early promise

Published 25/06/2015 | 19:31

Minding wins at Leopardstown
Minding wins at Leopardstown

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.

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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.

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