Flying Fairies floors Zawraq

Zawraq had to settle for second behind Flying Fairies on his return from a 560-day absence in the Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown.

Flying Fairies is entered in the sales

Dermot Weld's one-time Classic hope was sent off the 8/11 favourite for the 10-furlongs Listed affair, despite having his first taste of competitive action since landing the 2,000 Guineas Trial here in April of last year.

Pat Smullen was happy to look on from towards the rear but when he switched him to the outside to make his challenge, he could not reel in the Joe Murphy-trained Flying Fairies (11/1), who quickened away in the hands of Gary Carroll and scored by three and a quarter lengths.

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Murphy said: "We were hoping to be placed as we thought the Weld horse was a serious horse.

"She won on fast ground in Fairyhouse and after Sunday (third in Garnet Stakes over a mile last weekend) we thought the trip would suit.

"We rode her to, hopefully, get placed but Gary said when she picked it up and went on it was game over.

"She's in the sales. Whether we keep her, I don't know. A nice race to start off in would maybe the Park Express Stakes if she stays.

"She has a nice pedigree and has never run a bad race. She's never been out of the first three or four."

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