Mintd advertised the form of Fairyland as she got off the mark at the third time of asking in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden at Listowel.
The Willie McCreery-trained filly was fifth on her debut at Navan and had found only Aidan O’Brien’s smart subsequent Listed winner Fairyland too good at Naas last time out.
Sent off at 9-4 for this assignment, Billy Lee’s mount got the better of O’Brien’s even-money favourite Coral Beach by three lengths.
McCreery said: “We had the draw and had to use it and she quickened up nicely. Billy gave her a lovely ride.
“She is a nice filly and was second to probably the best filly (Fairyland) in Ireland the last day and it’s good she has gone and won and franked that form.
“We’ll start looking at black type now. I’m not sure we’ll be looking at Royal Ascot or anything like that, but she is a lovely filly and has grown again.”
Hopes were high for a McCreery double through Patuano in the Follow Listowel Races On Facebook Handicap, but the recent Curragh winner had to settle for seventh place behind Joe Murphy’s Fit For Function (8-1).
Murphy said: “My horses are running well that have run, and we started them a bit late breaking the ice this year as they were sick over the winter and we took our time.
“He loved the track and Gary (Carroll) said he turned the bend like a hare. He was like a motorbike going around and that stood to him and he came down in the ratings which helped as well.
“At his own level he is very good, but like a moderate singer, if he goes up an octave he is in trouble. I just hope the handicapper won’t give him a sore throat now!”
However, McCreery and Lee did not have to wait much longer for their brace, with True To Herself swooping on the outside to claim the Croom House Stud Irish EBF Fillies Maiden on her second racecourse appearance.
The 7-1 chance got a run as a reserve, and her trainer explained: “Eddie Lynam said he wouldn’t run his horse (Dolly Levi) if the ground became quick so I’d a fair idea she’d get a run.
“She is owned by lovely fella Brian ‘Beano’ McDonald (and his father, Tom McDonald) who was a good footballer for Laois. He was one of the best footballers in Leinster and this is his first horse in training.”
He added: “It’s great for him as he bred her and I always thought she was lovely filly.”