Beach third on Flat debut
Grade One-winning hurdler Airlie Beach had to play a supporting role behind stablemate She's So Flawless in the Corcorans Furniture & Carpets Maiden at Killarney.
Airlie Beach won each of her first seven starts for Willie Mullins, rounding off the unbeaten run with victory in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse last December.
She disappointed for the first time when a leading contender for the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but showed her true colours when filling the runner-up spot behind Apple's Jade in the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in April.
Making her Flat debut on her first appearance since Punchestown, the 9-4 chance adopted the front-running tactics that have had stood her in such good stead over obstacles and had them all on the stretch at the top of the straight in the hands of Declan McDonogh.
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She's So Flawless (11-1) emerged from the pack and after a real tussle, got on top in the final 100 yards to cross the line three-quarters of a length to the good under Chris Hayes.
The fast-finishing Abyssinian pipped Airlie Beach to the runner-up spot.
Hayes was completing a quick-fire double having steered the Harry Rogers-trained Byron Beauty (10-1) to win the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap.
The jockey said: "She (She's So Flawless) improved a lot from her first run at Ballinrobe (finished third).
"She jumped and travelled in snatches and while I got there plenty early, she is tough and genuine and is improving."
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