Lady Wannabe sparkles in Ruby Stakes at Killarney

Blandford Stakes an option on Irish Champions Weekend

  • Saturday 24 August
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Lady Wannabe claimed the Listed limelight in Killarney’s Dunloe Hotel & Gardens Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes.

Jockey Chris Hayes, who was completing a double on the card, succeeded where Frankie Dettori had so narrowly failed when he and Lady Wannabe went down by a short head at the July festival over this same course and distance.

A month on, there was no stopping Fozzy Stack’s 5-1 favourite this time as she led into the final furlong over a mile and moved a length and three-quarters clear of Waitingfortheday at the line.

The three-year-old filly had found Viadera just too good in another Listed event last time, despite the assistance of Dettori on a rare and high-profile flying visit to ride in Ireland.

She was gaining just reward for her consistency, at up to Group Three level, registering her second victory from seven attempts.

Her dam Wannabe Better was a four-time winner and Group class for Stack’s father, Tommy.

“She won it well, and I’d say she is improving with age, and her mother got better with age too,” said the County Tipperary trainer.

“She travelled well, picked up well and quickened well. She seems to get one mile two furlongs as well, so has plenty options and is in the Blandford (Stakes, at the Curragh) on Champions Weekend.

“She needs goodish ground, and thankfully it dried up a bit.”

Earlier on the card, Raven’s Cry enhanced her growing reputation with a decisive second successive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race.

Paddy Twomey’s juvenile filly holds Group One and Two entries at the Curragh and Newmarket next month, and put herself firmly on course for those sorts of assignments with a three-and-a-quarter-length win in the hands of Billy Lee.

The winning trainer nominated the seven furlongs of the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh as a likely next target for Raven’s Cry.

He said of the 8-11 favourite: “She is in the Moyglare and Prix Marcel Boussac – and races like the (Listed) Ingabelle Stakes (at Leopardstown) or the Moyglare would be an option next.

“It depends on how she comes out of this, but the aim will be to get black type.”

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