Wednesday 7 December 2016

Star sparkles to keep Vigil at bay

Published 05/10/2016 | 18:16

She's A Star (left) collars Vigil
She's A Star (left) collars Vigil

She's A Star (7-1) could be set for a profitable winter if her victory in Navan's Come Racing On The Active Retirement Raceday 19th October Maiden is anything to go by.

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Noel Meade's filly has won a bumper and a maiden hurdle but, so far anyway, isn't in the same league as Vigil, who was sixth in the Neptune at Cheltenham on his previous outing and was sent off the 4-9 favourite.

Vigil tracked the pacesetting Laid Back Luke until hitting the front two furlongs out and travelling strongly, but Colin Keane produced She's A Star on his outside and she had more gears to deny the battling Vigil by three-quarters of a length.

Meade said: "To be honest I didn't know what to expect as we don't do a lot with her at home as she's very buzzy.

"I loved her last year and went and bought her full-brother. She's not very big, but she's tough. I'd say she'd win on the Flat again.

"The last thing I said to Colin going out that if she was going well don't hit the front too soon, but she just got there a bit too quick.

"She's been great fun for the owners. Philip Meade, of Meade Potatoes, heads up the syndicate. She'll probably go back jumping now."

Eddie Lynam was four-handed in a bid to win the Kells Maiden for the third time since 2011, and enjoyed a one-two.

Miss Power (7-1) showed a glimmer of promise on her Dundalk debut just under a fortnight ago and stepped forward markedly to account for newcomer Magic Bear by a couple of lengths.

Jockey Robbie Downey said: "Eddie told me to take my time, get her organised underneath me, and ride it from there.

"She showed a nice turn of foot, did it well, and is a nice filly."

Lynam followed up when Future Icon (6-1) finished strongly to claim top honours in the Trim Apprentice Handicap in the hands of Ana O'Brien.

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