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Dazzling Spirit

Dazzling Spirit did well in the circumstances on her racecourse debut at Leopardstown on Thursday. She missed the break, she stumbled after they had gone a couple of strides, she lost ground and all momentum, and she was fully six or seven lengths behind the second last horse after they had gone a hundred yards.

Colin Keane allowed her time to find her rhythm though and she gradually closed up so that she was up into a dispute of last place with Bohenie as they left the back straight. She actually travelled well from there to the home turn and it looked like she might take a hand in the finish as she picked up at the two-furlong pole, but she had done a lot of running to get to that point, and her run flattened out. She finished fourth in the end, six lengths behind the winner Cosmic Vega, but beaten only a half a length for third by Song Of Peace.

It was a most encouraging run by Tom Mullins’ filly on her racecourse debut. She was the outsider of six, all newcomers in the race, and she was the only filly in the race, but she out-performed market expectations by a fair way. A half-sister to Tom Mullins’ mare Powersville, a five-time winner over five furlongs and six furlongs, and to They Seek Him Here, a winner over seven furlongs for Hugo Palmer, the Fulbright filly will be of interest again in another maiden.

Leopardstown, 20th August 2020

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