Baby Pink made a swift return to action pay dividends with Listed glory in the Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes at Galway.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge was a eight-and-a-half-length winner at Listowel four days ago and she took the step up from handicap company in her stride in this mile-and-a-half event.
Sent off a 10-1 shot in the hands of Niall McCullagh, Baby Pink dug deep in the final furlong to edge out 7-4 favourite Princess Yaiza by half a length.
McCullagh said: “I’ve ridden a couple of times in those colours (of Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and John Magnier) for Joe’s dad Aidan, so it was great when Ciaran (O’Toole, agent) said he had a spare in the Listed race and I saw it had won on heavy ground at Listowel.
“When you go on the ground, you always have a chance.
“Joseph said to jump out and try to get her away – sometimes she can be sluggish – but if you’re in the first three or four, ride her handy and ride her a normal race.
“In fairness, she ground it out very well and got to the line good. It’s great to get black type for her and to win is absolutely fantastic.”