Weld sweet on I'm Yours
I'm Yours will be aimed at bigger things next year after putting her experience to good use in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden at Leopardstown.
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A perfectly encouraging debut at Navan earlier this month had seen the 420,000 euro purchase narrowly beaten by another promising sort in Marvellous and the Invincible Spirit filly was sent off a 1-2 to go one place better.
Always well positioned on the heels of the pace-setting Pekoe, Pat Smullen's mount took over straightening for home, with newcomer Sherama for company.
That pair briefly duelled but I'm Yours asserted a furlong out and had plenty in the tank to readily hold the running-on Tirghra.
Trainer Dermot Weld said: "She did what we expected her to do. I wanted her to win a two-year-old maiden so next year she can go straight into Group company.
"She could go for the Guineas Trial here next spring and she's very adaptable ground-wise. Physically she's very strong and that got her through the ground. She'll handle good ground, though - every bit as well.
"Pat said that ground actually blunted her speed a bit. It took a bit a getting, but her strength got her through. It's very difficult conditions for two-year-olds."
Craftsman sprang a minor surprise in the JRA Killavullan Stakes. The apparent second-string from two Aidan O'Brien runners, Michael Hussey set out to make all on the 7-1 chance, who was reappearing quickly having been third in the Birdcatcher nursery at Naas last weekend.
Odds-on market leader Shining Emerald (4-5) sat in his slipstream but Hussey visibly tried to stretch the field with over quarter of a mile to run and quickly had the favourite and better-fancied stablemate Michaelmas on the stretch.
That pair were closing at the line but Craftsman had gained enough of an advantage and saw it out from Michaelmas, who just shaded Shining Emerald for the runner-up spot in the Group Three prize.
Hussey said: "He got his own way. The boss told me to go to the front and make every post a winning one. He quickened up well and he kept going.
"I thought he might get tired in the final furlong but he kept at it well. He handled the ground well, too. That's brilliant - that's my first Group winner. It's my first winner since I joined the yard as well. I've been there since January."
Both trainer and jockey went on to complete a double with Adelaide (9/2) in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. (C & G) Maiden over a mile.
The Galileo colt marked himself down as a smart prospect when quickening up in good style to win going away by two-and-a-half lengths from Fiscal Focus with the 4/5 favourite and stablemate Gypsy King well held in third.
"He's a nice horse. He switched off well and quickened up well when I asked him," Hussey told www.irishracing.com. "He loved the ground and will be a nice staying horse next year."
Gary Carroll gave Euphrasia a smart ride from the front to pick up Listed honours in the Trigo Stakes.
Conqueror of subsequent Group One winner La Collina in a Group Three at Naas in May, the John Joseph Murphy-trained filly had unfortunately unseated Carroll when her saddle slipped at the Curragh two runs ago.
No such mishaps ever looked likely in this 10-furlong event and Carroll's partner was a good few lengths clear well over a furlong out and maintained that advantage deep into the final furlong before winning by an easy two and a half lengths from Tarana.
"We've always believed she's a serious filly and she's improving all the time," said Murphy of the 13-2 winner. "She likes a little ease in the ground. Gary said she was getting a little lonely in front but when the others came to her she picked up again.
"She loves racing and I think there is more to come from her. She's in the sales at Newmarket in December, but whether she goes or not I don't know."