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Tested trounces Tipperary rivals
28 Aug 2014 21:09
Tested produced a superb display to convincingly claim the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary.
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The Khalid Abdullah-owned filly ran amok as the 2-1 joint-favourite in what looked a relatively competitive Group Three over seven and a half furlongs.
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Some Spirit (10-1) cut out the early running, with Tested never too far away in the hands of Pat Smullen and fellow joint-favourite Purr Along towards the rear of the field.
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The trailblazer creditably stuck to her guns to take second place, but she could not match the finishing burst of the Dermot Weld-trained winner, who held a four-length advantage at the line.
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Purr Along was a big disappointment for the Johnny Murtagh-Jamie Spencer axis.
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Smullen said: "We've always held her in high regard and she's only really getting it together now.
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"Seven furlongs seems ideal for her and hopefully the boss can find options for her."
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Kris Weld, the trainer's son and assistant, said: "She won very well at Naas, but she enjoyed her break and probably needed the race at Galway, and has come forward again.
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"This race was always her target but I don't know where we go next.
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"She loves the top of the ground and has been improving all year."
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