Smullen celebrates with Tempera
The news from the final day of the Irish Flat season at Leopardstown, where Tempera gave champion Pat Smullen extra cause for celebration.
Dermot Weld: Excited by Leopardstown winner.
Pat Smullen celebrated being crowned champion Irish Flat jockey for a ninth time with victory on Tempera at Leopardstown.
Smullen brought the Dermot Weld-trained daughter of Dansili to challenge the pace-setting Fascinating Lady before the furlong pole and was soon in command.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo of Asking and Puppetshow gave chase but had to settle for the minor honours, half a length and a further length and a half away.
Weld is expecting big things from the Khalid Abdullah-owned filly in 2017.
"She did what we expected and she's a nice filly for next year," said the Rosewell House handler.
"The second is a nice filly and this is always a good race. It generally takes a stakes filly to win a maiden like this at this time of year.
"She ran very well at the Curragh when fourth and I see her as a stakes filly for next year.
"Seven or a mile looks her trip. She's not short of pace and always travelled easily. She'll come back for one of the Guineas trials.
"My only concern today was the draw in 14. She's a gorgeous big filly and she's all class."
It was the turn of Aidan O'Brien to demonstrate why he is champion for a 19th time when saddling the first two home in the Tote European Breeders Fund (C&G) Maiden.
Weld's runner Cascavelle was the first to lead but Heffernan soon upped the tempo when taking Cliffs Of Moher to the front before the halfway point of the seven-furlong heat.
Sharpened up by a debut run at Cork two weeks earlier, the Galileo colt stamped his authority in some style and romped clear to score by five and a half lengths. Orderofthegarter was four and a half lengths ahead of the third home, Sharp Defence.
"He came on nicely from Cork. He was a little green there," said O'Brien.
"He jumped, got a position, travelled well and won nicely. He's a nice colt. He made nice progress from his first run and you'd have to be very happy with him."
O'Brien and Heffernan completed a quick double when Elizabeth Browning (3/1 favourite) came fast and late to claim TheTote.com European Breeders Fund Fillies Nursery Handicap.
The daughter of Galileo missed a beat at the start but was bustled up by Heffernan to take a decent position before having the chance to get her breath back.
In midfield as the field turned for home, Elizabeth Browning showed a neat turn of foot once in the clear to go and open her account at the 10th attempt.
She got the verdict by three-quarters of a length from Althiba with Delegating a head away third and the unlucky-in-running Elusive Beauty just behind.
"It was a peach of a ride from Seamus as she's hard to hit right," said O'Brien.
"She has an awful lot of ability and has always worked like a Group filly, but that's her first win. She's a Galileo filly and just got beat over five furlongs last time.
"We'll probably put her away now and try to get some black type next year. She's big, scopey and by Galileo so hopefully she'll progress over the winter."
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