Dual Leger winner Search For A Song returns to her brilliant best
After putting up a tepid defence of her Irish St Leger crown here two weeks ago, dual Classic winner Search For A Song returned to her impressive best when turning a competitive-looking RAA Atoll Loughbrown Stakes into a procession under champion jockey Colin Keane.
It was the filly's second try over the 2m trip, the first was when chasing home Trueshan in last year's British Champions Long Distance Cup, and a return to Ascot next month could be on the cards. She settled beautifully, moved into contention stylishly and could be called the winner early in the straight as she put nine and a half lengths between herself and St Leger third The Mediterranean.
Trainer Dermot Weld commented: "She did it well, it was an impressive performance. We'll review and see how she comes out of it before making a decision but she has a couple of options, one of them being the Long Distance Cup."
He added: "They went a very strong pace the whole way but she looked the winner a long way out and it was a very good performance over the trip.
"I always thought she would get it but it was nice to see her get it so well."
Concert in perfect pitch
An almost perfect weekend for Aidan O'Brien's juveniles ended as it began when the beautifully bred Concert Hall pounced late to land the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes.
A daughter of Dubawi out of the stable's Oaks winner Was, she appreciated the strong gallop under Seamie Heffernan, staying on strongly up the hill to nab favourite Sunset Shiraz close home.
O'Brien said: "If she comes out of that okay we might go for the Fillies' Mile. She's a hardy lady and is improving with her racing – she stays well and is a big strong filly. She's a middle-distance filly for next year."
That's Mad puts Breen in limelight
Warrenpoint trainer Leanne Breen has earned plaudits for her handling of improving sprint handicapper That's Mad, and the son of Equiano rewarded her again with victory in the prestigious William Hill Joe McGrath Handicap, the biggest winner of the trainer's short career.
Kevin Manning was patient in waiting for a gap to open near the stands' rail, and to his credit the horse seized the opportunity when the gap came as he got up close home for a half-length victory over topweight Strong Johnson and favourite Arnhem.
"I thought the gap was going to close on him but thankfully it stayed open. Kevin said he's improving all the time," said Breen, adding: "The whole year was mapped around this race. We ran him out of the handicap here before to see if he handled the track and to see him improve again off that is very special.
"We have low-grade handicappers in the yard and to see one like this put our name out is important. He's been very good to us and has turned into a great servant."
Sead could be special
It has been a special year for the Kildare Racing Club, highlighted by the Ebor and Irish St Leger successes of Sonnyboyliston, and they might have something special in Dun Na Sead, debut winner of the opening 5f juvenile maiden. "She's certainly the fastest two-year-old we've ever had," said trainer Kieran Cotter. Watch this space.
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