Tuesday 16 January 2018

Katla digs deep to score for Grogan

Katla gained another deserved big-race success for the John Grogan stable as she prevailed in a tight finish to claim last night's Listed Dark Angel EBF Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas.

Successful at York last year when beating the smart Barefoot Lady, the three-year-old filly had hit the crossbar on more than one occasion this season in similar company. But it all fell right in this six-furlong event as Billy Lee produced the 7/2 shot to lead at the furlong pole from Empowering. The latter fought back but Katla held on by a short head.

"She might go for a five-furlong race at Tipperary on August 5 and could go for a six-furlong race at Ascot later in the year too," said Grogan.

Plenty of interest in the Michael Higgins & Co Race surrounded Teo's Sister and Cocozza, but Dermot Weld's Taameer ran out a 14/1 winner in a blanket finish.

There was controversy in the opening juvenile maiden when the stalls opened prematurely, causing a false start and a recall of the 11 runners.

Julie Moss had become upset in the stalls, was taken out and withdrawn, just as the stalls opened.

Quite a few jockeys were then caught unawares by the start, with Pearl In The Sand, rearing as the stalls opened, almost unseating Johnny Murtagh.

The stewards were told that while in the process of withdrawing Julie Moss, the starter lost his footing on the steps of the rostrum and this irregular movement seemed to activate the opening of the stall. The starter then called a false start and the horses returned to the start.

The race was eventually won by Tommy Stack's 12/1 newcomer Hestian.

Irish Independent

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