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Duntle back to winning ways at Leopardstown

DUNTLE made a perfectly satisfactory reappearance with victory in the Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown.

The David Wachman-trained filly was having her first start since being demoted from first place in the Matron Stakes at this track in September, having been ruled to have interfered with Sir Henry Cecil's Chachamaidee.


Settled in third by Wayne Lordan as Sweet Lightning took the five runners along in single file, the 8-13 favourite quickened smartly a furlong and a half out to sweep to the front.


She looked to idle from there and although the winning margin over Custom Cut was a narrow one, Wachman's charge was always doing enough.


Duntle holds an entry in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (formerly the Windsor Forest) at Royal Ascot, and looks set for a trip to the big meeting.


Wachman said: "She wants fast ground and a fast pace. She will head to Ascot now and that was a satisfactory start for her."


Just Pretending made a quick return to action pay dividends as she took top honours in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial.


The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly only broke her maiden at Navan on Tuesday and clearly has an appetite for racing.


Joseph O'Brien's mount (6-1) made noticeable progress at the three-furlong marker and made a positive move once straightened for home.


Wachman's Hint Of A Tint, who had been disappointing when favourite on her seasonal bow, put down a strong challenge but Just Pretending pulled out enough to prevail by a neck.


O'Brien senior said: "She is a funny lady. She gives trouble at the stalls and needs to be loaded early.


"She has loads of ability and she showed that at Navan. She could go for the Guineas (at the Curragh on May 26) now and she might step up to a mile and a quarter. She is a fine big filly."

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