Rawaaq and Pat Smullen cruise to victory at Leopardstown on SundayPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Rawaaq glides to smooth victory in Guineas Trial
Report: Leopardstown, Sunday
Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo fillies
RAWAAQ produced a silky-smooth performance under jockey Pat Smullen to creep on to the fringes of the Classics.
Trained by Dermot Weld, Rawaaq travelled stylishly to take up the running entering the home straight and was punched out to claim the spoils from What Style and the running on Snow Queen.
Although bookmakers were hardly falling over themselves to offer prices for the 1,000 Guineas in Britain or Ireland after Rawaaq's win, last year's winner Homecoming Queen and 2005 winner Virginia Waters were successful at Newmarket after winning here.
In testing ground, Greek Goddess made the pace for trainer Aidan O'Brien while his other candidate Snow Queen was held up at the rear of the field by Joseph O'Brien. Rawaaq tracked the pace in the middle of the pack.
Greek Goddess began to weaken as she led the runners into the home straight where the filly in the blue and white silks of Sheikh Hamdan took over.
Rawaaq handled the conditions admirably and was always holding on as What Style and Snow Queen made late, but ultimately futile, attempts to get past her.
Weld said: "She is a very consistent filly. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in courage. It was a good, workmanlike performance and we'll aim her at another trial here on Derrinstown day.
"She is a lightish filly but should be fine on better ground and she is tough. My horses are coming right."