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MAIDEN WINNERS: KILLARNEY 16TH MAY

17 May 2017

Just days after son Black Sails impressed at the Curragh, Ballylinch Stud sire Lope De Vega (IRE) saw another one of his progeny catch the eye at Killarney, where the Dermot Weld-trained MUZBID (IRE) won the mile maiden. Gelded since finishing a fine fourth on debut last month, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned three-year-old still showed signs of greenness on his latest start, but talent saw him rise above the opposition, winning by three lengths. Winning jockey Pat Smullen echoed these sentiments, later saying; “MUZBID (IRE) was very green at Cork and showed a bit of greenness today too, he jumped the roads and had a good look at the shadows near the line so I think there's a good bit of improvement to come.” Bred by John O’Connor, he is a grandson of Listed winner Kart Star (IRE) and comes from the family of Group 1 performers Karmifira and On Verra (IRE).

An hour later, GOLDEN DANDY (IRE) continued her upward curve to win at the third time of asking for owner/breeder’s John and Donal Fogarty. Unplaced on her sole three-year-old start, the daughter of Dandy Man (IRE) was headed close to home at Limerick at last month for new trainer Patrick Prendergast. Now ridden further back by Ronan Whelan, she came under pressure from the two pole and made good headway to lead inside the final furlong, beating Pari Passu (IRE) by a length and a half on the line. GOLDEN DANDY (IRE) is out of a full-sister to Grade 1 Woodbine Mile winner Becrux, from the family of Kentucky Oaks heroine Bag Of Tunes, Cheveley Park winner Prophecy (IRE), three-time Group 1 winner Foreteller and successful sire Showcasing.

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