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De Lady In Red

De Lady In Red only got home by three parts of a length from Humble Glory in the mares’ maiden hurdle at Roscommon last Monday, but she was more impressive than that. She always travelled well for Barry O’Neill just behind a good pace that was set by the two Tony Mullins fillies, Fraternity and Golden Bear. If anything, she travelled a little too well, the worry was that she was doing more than Barry O’Neill wanted her to do, but that worry proved unfounded. She moved to the front ahead of Fraternity on the run to the final flight on the far side, she moved easily into the home straight and, while Humble Glory did close on her on the run-in, it never really looked like she was going to catch the leader, and De Lady In Red had enough in hand to get home comfortably enough.

Promising in two runs over hurdles for Daryl Deacon, the Jet Away mare won a bumper at Galway in early September over two miles on her first run for Barry Connell, and she stepped forward from that nicely on Monday, going back over hurdles and stepping up to two and a half miles. Her trainer said afterwards that she could step up in trip now, and she is bred for stamina, but she travelled so well through her race on Monday that it appears that she could easily drop back down to two miles. She has bags of scope for progression now, she is only five, she has raced just four times in her life and just twice over hurdles, and she could step up into listed or graded mares’ company now.
Roscommon, 27th September 2021