Making light work of the boys

Making Light beat the boys to the Group Three spoils in the Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Pat Smullen was on board Making Light

Trainer Dermot Weld took this prize four years ago with another filly Big Break, as well as in 2003 with his subsequent Irish Derby hero Grey Swallow, but this season's representative was taking a big step up in class after landing a soft-ground Limerick maiden at the beginning of the month.

Pat Smullen watched on as the Aidan O'Brien pair Pipes Of Peace and Taj Mahal forced the pace and while it took Making Light (3-1 joint-favourite) a few strides to hit top gear once Smullen asked her to go and win her race, she eventually found her stride and stretched out for a one-length defeat of the third Ballydoyle inmate Spirit Of Valor.

Weld said: "I won this race with a filly before, Big Break, and I thought it was the ideal race for this filly.

"It was an excellent ride by Pat and he was in the right place at the right time.

"She quickened nicely and did it well. She's a good filly. She was very impressive when she won her maiden and has backed it up in a Group race now.

"Hopefully she'll appear in a Classic trial here next spring."

Reflecting on a season which saw him win two Derbies and record his 4,000th career winner, Weld said: "It's been a wonderful year for Pat and I. We've won over 90 races and I think we had 10 Group winners apart from the Derby wins.

"Spring, summer and autumn, they've been running well and Pat has ridden brilliantly."

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