Making Light shines in Platinum Stakes at Cork

Matron Stakes set to be next

  • Saturday 11 August
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Making Light booked her Group One ticket as she ran out an impressive winner of the Goffs Platinum Stakes at Cork.

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.”

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.”

O’Brien’s Zagitova earlier produced a nice performance to get off the mark in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

A promising second on her debut at Newmarket last month, the daughter of Galileo was given a straightforward ride from the front by Donnacha O’Brien.

Bandiuc Eile and Kevin Manning did their best to keep the 30-100 favourite honest, but she was still full of running at the three-furlong pole and lengthened well when asked to stride clear.

O’Brien said: “It was a nice experience for her going around a right-hand bend. She had a nice run the first day and showed the benefit of it. It was nice to get the maiden into her.

“She’s in all the races, and the Debutante (Stakes, at the Curragh) is probably where she will go next.”

Making Light shines in Platinum Stakes at Cork
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