abbakova calls tune
ABBAKOVA gained her just reward for three consistent previous efforts when landing the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden at Tipperary.
Willie McCreery's charge was sent off the 11/10 favourite after running behind the likes of Stubbs and Bye Bye Birdie on her previous outings and was smartly out of the stalls under Pat Smullen.
Showing plenty of zip throughout the five furlong contest, she came home two-and-three-quarter lengths clear of Celtic Man, with newcomer Little Fastnet making eye-catching late headway into third.
Smullen made it a quick double when driving Johnny Lynch to victory in the Pride Of Tipperary Festival 2013 Handicap.
Dermot Weld's 5/2 favourite prevailed by a neck after Sylvan Mist produced a big effort over the last half-furlong.