Big Break excels at Leopardstown
BIG Break showed an outstanding shift of gear to win the JRA Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.
A full sister of the prolific Famous Name, jockey Pat Smullen sat handily in fourth place as Magician, Dont Bother Me and Dubaya jousted for the lead.
It soon became apparent the Dermot Weld-trained Big Break (10-11 favourite) was travelling far better than her rivals, and glided into the lead passing the one-furlong pole.
Her three-and-three-quarters-of-a-length defeat of Beyond Thankful was a fair barometer in which to measure her dominance.
Smullen and Weld had earlier struck with Rasmeyaa (11-8 favourite) in the seven-furlong fillies' maiden.
Weld said: "Big Break did what we expected.
"She was very impressive when she won her maiden here on a fast surface and she has done it very well there on a slow surface.
"Pat said while she may have looked like she was impressive, she'd love better ground.
"She is a very talented filly and she could be a Guineas contender.
"I wanted to see how she'd handle this slow surface and she chopped and changed her legs a bit.
"On the faster surface, she is more explosive.
"She is a miler with serious gears."
Weld also has high hopes for Rasmeyaa, who defeated Kerisa by five and a half lengths in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden.
He said: "She ran a lovely race at the Curragh in a stakes race and I was very pleased with her first time up.
"She's very good - a very talented filly.
"Obviously we see her as a Group filly for next year and we'll look at a Guineas trial in the spring.
"She would like better ground and Pat said it's slower than you think out there.
"A mile is no problem to her. She does everything right. She has speed and stays."