Hamariyna impresses in Leopardstown trial

‘You’d be delighted with her…she’s real professional’

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Hamariyna made it a fine day for the Aga Khan colours at Leopardstown with a determined success in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial.

Ronan Whelan had the Mick Halford-trained filly in a nice spot from the off in the Group Three affair, happy to track leader Mona Lisa’s Smile as she set a good pace under Seamie Heffernan.

The 5-1 chance turned into the straight marginally in front, albeit with Donnacha O’Brien and Fire Fly looking a big threat.

But Halford’s charge – the winner of the second of her two juvenile starts – knuckled down well and won with some authority in the end, by a length and a quarter from Dean Street Doll.

The victory was a third in a row on the card for the Aga Khan, following triumphs for the Dermot Weld-trained Baladiya and Hazapour.

“You’d be delighted with her. She’s real professional and Ronan said she travelled really well and got there plenty soon enough, but it was just the way the race unfolded,” said Halford.

“She stayed at it well to the line. She’s improving rapidly and we’re delighted with her.

“I’ll talk to Pat Downes and to his Highness and see what their thoughts are. She’s not in the (Irish) Guineas or anything, so we’ll have to have a talk about it and see.

“I’d say the further she goes, the better she’ll be. I was a bit worried about coming back to a mile, but I felt on the day it was worth taking a chance when I saw the race. We always felt she’d want, and get, further.”

When asked if she could be an Oaks filly, Halford said: “She could, she has plenty of options open to her now and she’s progressing with each run.

“She has a super temperament and is a great ride, you can put her anywhere in a race. It’s nice to see that she has the ability and the class to do that at that level.”

Hamariyna impresses in Leopardstown trial
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