Weld filly passes first Test
Dermot Weld's Tested made a most impressive start to her career with a debut victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.
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Carrying the familiar silks of Khalid Abdullah, the 5-1 shot travelled powerfully during a rough race before being asked to go about her business by Pat Smullen.
The response was emphatic as Tested quickly put daylight between herself and her rivals, coming home with a length and three-quarters in hand over Sparrow.
Weld said: "She's definitely a Stakes filly. It was a bit rough early on and she got buffeted about a bit, but Pat took his time and got her balanced.
"She's still very babyish. I'll speak with Lord Grimthorpe (Khalid Abdullah's racing manager ), but I doubt I'll run her again this year, because unquestionably she's a Group class filly for next year.
"I think she'll learn an awful lot from it (the run), but she has natural talent and that will carry her a long way.
"There is a listed race back here in two weeks time (the Staffordstown Stud Stakes), but I think I'll probably run the Prince's filly who won in Listowel (Laynard) in that race."
Tommy Stack and Wayne Lordan combined to take the Mongey Communications Joe McGrath Handicap with 10-1 shot Nero Emperor.
Second on his most recent appearance, Nero Emperor got the better of Deegan's English Deer by a head to secure his first victory since his only previous win at Dundalk in November 2011.
Tylery Wonder and Invincible Ridge were third and fourth respectively.
Stack said: "He has been threatening to do that for a bit. He is quite a nice horse and it is great to see him win a nice pot like that."
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien - successful with Geoffrey Chaucer in the Beresford Stakes - were also on the mark with Eye Of The Storm who eventually wore down the game mare Missunited in the Irish Field Loughbrown Stakes.
Missunited had finished in front of Eye Of The Storm at Galway but met the 8-13 favourite on much worse terms on this occasion.
Seamie Heffernan tried to steal it from the front on Missunited and it was not until deep inside the final furlong that the Ballydoyle representative, who only has one eye, got on top by three-quarters of a length.
O'Brien snr said: "We were feeling our way with the trip a bit but Joseph said he got it well in the end.
"The runner-up is a credit to Mick Winters.
"I'm not sure if he'll run again, if we don't he's one to look forward to next year."