Eddie Lynam, the man who masterminded the career of top-class sprinter Sole Power, won the race named in his honour as Soffia came clear in the Sole Power Sprint Stakes at Naas.
Lynam, who has endured a quiet few seasons, appears to have an upwardly mobile filly in his care in the shape of Soffia.
Second in a Listed race over the same course and distance to Urban Beat last time out, the Lady O’Reilly-owned four-year-old was winning for the fourth time in 12 outings.
Paul Midgley’s British raider Final Venture broke smartly and bagged the rail, moving into an early advantage.
With more than a furlong to run, Leigh Roche tried to put the race to bed and he had everything else in trouble apart from Soffia – who quickened up and in a matter of strides to seal victory.
The 3-1 joint-favourite was eased down close home by Declan McDonogh, beating fellow her market leader by a length and a half.
Lynam said: “It’s nice to win a few quid of your own back, because I sponsored the race with Sabina (Power, owner of Sole Power).
“She’s by the same sire as Sole Power as well, and has been running very well.
“Declan was very confident before the race – and he’s usually like me, a bit negative. He thinks she’s getting quicker, and a fast-run five (furlongs) suits her.
“I have her entered for the Ballyogan (June 7) and I’d love to go for it, because it’s fillies only – and she’s pretty good up the Curragh. I’ll talk to Lady O’Reilly and see where we want to go.
“She was my daughter Amy’s first pin-hook. She bought her as a foal for 16 grand, and I had to give her 52 grand as a yearling – but she’s turned out cheap.”