Cimeara shows plenty of class in triumph at Cork
Cimeara showed plenty of class and battling qualities to win the Noblesse Stakes at Cork yesterday.
The four-year-old filly was a Group Three and Listed winner for Jim Bolger last term and struck at the latter level for a second time on her first run for trainer Joseph O'Brien.
Ridden by his brother, Donnacha, the daughter of Vocalised was always close to the pace set by Warnaq and quickened up to good effect, holding Who's Steph, the 11/8 favourite, by half a length. Warnaq stuck on well for third, just half a length away.
The winning trainer said: "She stays well. Her best form last year was at one-mile-six and we'll step her up in trip as the year goes on."
Lady Wannabe (20/1) stepped up considerably on her only run as a two-year-old to get off the mark in the Fillies Maiden.
Fozzy Stack's daughter of Camelot had finished an eased-up distant last of 16 at Leopardstown in October, but was a different proposition with a winter under her back.
She showed a neat turn of foot when encouraged to challenge by Chris Hayes and galloped on strongly to score by two lengths from Alezia, the 2/1 favourite.