Review of the action from Saturday's meeting at Cork

Last Updated August 11 2018, 14:40Racing
Trainer Dermot Weld
Trainer Dermot Weld

A review of the action from Saturday's meeting at Cork where Making Light booked a step up to Group One company.

Light to step up in grade

The Dermot Weld-trained filly won a Group Three at Naas at the start of the season, before finishing third at the same level and occupying the same position last time out in Group Two company at the Curragh in May.

Dropped to Listed class, the four-year-old always travelled supremely well for a patient Declan McDonogh and asserted from long-time leader Pincheck with a furlong to run.

Going readily clear, the Moyglare Stud-owned 3-1 favourite had three lengths in hand of the gallant Pincheck at the line.

Weld said: "That was a nice performance by her. She's won two Group races and has had a summer break. She's very fresh and well, and she did it very impressively.

"She's in the Matron and I think that will be her next start. I wanted to run her today as it gives me a nice time as a prep for the Matron. She is very adaptable ground-wise. She is a good filly and very consistent."

O'Brien strikes with Sizzling

Sizzling stayed on strongly to beat fellow three-year-old Kalaxana in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes.

The latter dwelt slightly on leaving the stalls before going to the lead, although not for long as Bloomfield took over, while having initially had a good position Seamie Heffernan found himself shuffled back on the eventual winner.

Heffernan elected to make a positive mid-race move on Aidan O'Brien's filly and that paid off as she never looked like being pegged back once getting to the head of affairs in the Group Three contest.

Kalaxana came home well herself, but the 15-8 favourite was never getting to the 7-2 victor, who had

O'Brien said: "Seamus gave her a great ride. He was very committed on her, and at halfway he said 'come on'. She's a hardy, tough filly. She's been trying to win a Group race for a good while and has been placed in a good few. Something like the Park Hill could suit her, as she gets a mile and six well."

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