William Haggas enjoyed a successful raid on Dundalk as Ummalnar ran out an all-the-way winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies & Mares Stakes.
Given an enterprising ride by Chris Hayes, the five-year-old put her rivals to the sword in the Listed contest over a mile – a fast-track qualifier for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield.
Hayes had Ummalnar smartly out of the stalls from stall three near the rail and was soon dictating the pace.
She held an handy advantage at the top of the straight, when last year’s winner Surrounding was the only serious threat.
Ummalnar (100-30) pulled further away in he closing stages to beat Michael Halford’s seven-year-old by six lengths.
The other British raider, Marco Botti’s Pretty In Grey, was a length and a half away in third place.
“She was very impressive. She’s gorgeous to look at, she’s a fine big filly, and has a lovely big stride on her,” said Hayes.
“I’m very grateful to Mr Haggas for putting me on her. He told me to keep it simple – she’s a big-striding filly, to get her into a stride and then sit.
“That left me in front and she seemed to be coasting. At the top of the straight, I thought I had gone steady, so I said I’d stretch them along.
“I gave her two flicks, looked back and I couldn’t believe it because it felt like a piece of work. She’s obviously got plenty of talent.
“I talked to Tom Marquand as well and he filled me with a bit of confidence. It was nice.
“I don’t know what the plans are, but maybe they might think of something like the Cape Verde in Dubai.”