Aidan O’Brien’s second string in this seven-runner contest, Outstanding made all and ran on strongly in the closing stages to beat Stella Glow, Easter and favourite Variable.
“She’s a tough and genuine filly and did it well,” explained O’Donoghue. “She travelled great and got into a good rhythm. She kept picking up from before the ‘two’ and kept going well. She improved a lot from her maiden win here and should keep progressing.”
When asked whether he thought the filly would stay the Oaks trip, a mile and a half, he responded: “By the way she races, I’d be optimistic. But she’s a sister to Magician and ten furlongs was his best trip.”
There was a tragic postscript to the two-year-old median auction maiden as the Andy Oliver-trained winner, Aca Awesome, a debutante by Makfi, sustained a fetlock injury when pulling up and had to be put down. The 14/1 shot, which beat Brontide by a half-length, was a 25th winner of the season for jockey Chris Hayes. A distraught Oliver commented: “She was good, a stakes filly. But that’s racing – it was a freak accident.”
Placed three times as a juvenile but disappointing on her seasonal debut at Leopardstown, Pour Deux made every yard of the running to win the finale, a one-mile fillies maiden in emphatic style for John Oxx and Declan McDonogh.
The Dansili filly, owned in partnership by Lady O’Reilly and Clodagh McStay, triumphed by five lengths to the relief of her trainer, who commented: “She had good form last year and is bred to stay, so we stretched her out to a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown. But it was a waste of time – she was too keen.
“But she won well tonight and could keep improving. She’s owned by two breeders and is a nicely-bred, good-looking filly, so we’ll have to have a go at a listed race.”
Gerry Stack’s Oneoveryou (Danny Redmond) was a shock winner of the opening New Ireland Assurance Maiden, holding the late flourish of favourite Captain Power before surviving a Stewards Enquiry.
“She pulled a muscle early in the spring and I had to delay things, but she’s a lovely mare and it’s great to win with her,” said Stack.
The Damien English-trained Ask Dad, a first winner of the season for apprentice Donagh O’Connor swooped late to deny Longfield Lad in the twenty-runner, six-furlong handicap. English commented: “He’s in at the Curragh on Friday, but that’s a bit soon for him.”