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Ainippe bags the Brownstown Stakes
05 Jul 2015 20:08
Recent Godolphin purchase Majestic Queen had to settle for second place as Ainippe came with a rattling late run to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse.
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James Doyle sent the Tracey Collins-trained even-money favourite to the front a quarter of a mile out in the seven-furlong Group Three and she looked liked making a quick repayment on her £825,000 purchase price at Goffs London Sale last month.
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However, Colin Keane conjured a strong bid out of the Ger Lyons-trained 3-1 chance, who was stepping up from six furlongs, to readily land the Group Three spoils.
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Keane said: "She's improved from two to three and the step up in trip (to seven furlongs) has done her well.
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"She broke well, but I wasn't able to hold my position early on. They went good and quick and it suited her lovely. She was going away from them at the end.
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"On that run you'd say she'd get a mile."
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Lyons said: "She's a little diamond to have in the yard. I never thought she was just a five- or six-furlong horse.
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"She has proper natural speed, and this is the first time we have had to step her up in trip.
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"She was off her feet early doors, but she tries her heart out and gives you everything. I brought her here to see what she would be like over the trip.
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"If she stays in training next year she could step up to a mile and aim for something like the Matron Stakes.
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"I'm not sure where she will go next, although the Group Three Park Stakes at Doncaster (in September) could be a possibility."
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