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Trainer Dermot Weld sweet on I'm Yours after Leopardstown victory

Updated: Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 18:22 | Comments

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen looking forward to bigger things for I'm Yours next year
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen looking forward to bigger things for I'm Yours next year

I'm Yours will be aimed at bigger things next year after putting her experience to good use in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden at Leopardstown.

A perfectly encouraging debut at Navan earlier this month had seen the €420,000 purchase narrowly beaten by another promising sort in Marvellous and the Invincible Spirit filly was sent off a 1-2 to go one place better.

Always well positioned on the heels of the pace-setting Pekoe, Pat Smullen's mount took over straightening for home, with newcomer Sherama for company.

That pair briefly duelled but I'm Yours asserted a furlong out and had plenty in the tank to readily hold the running-on Tirghra.

Trainer Dermot Weld said: "She did what we expected her to do. I wanted her to win a two-year-old maiden so next year she can go straight into Group company.

"She could go for the Guineas Trial here next spring and she's very adaptable ground-wise.

"Physically she's very strong and that got her through the ground. She'll handle good ground though every bit as well.

"Pat said that ground actually blunted her speed a bit. It took a bit a getting, but her strength got her through.

"It's very difficult conditions for two-year-olds."

Meanwhile, Craftsman sprang a minor surprise in the JRA Killavullan Stakes.

The apparent second-string from two Aidan O'Brien runners, Michael Hussey set out to make all on the 7-1 chance, who was reappearing quickly having been third in the Birdcatcher nursery at Naas last weekend.

Odds-on market leader Shining Emerald (4-5) sat in his slipstream but Hussey, who finished the day with a winning double, visibly tried to stretch the field with over quarter of a mile to run and quickly had the favourite and better-fancied stablemate Michaelmas on the stretch.

"That's brilliant – that's my first Group winner" - Craftsman's jockey Michael Hussey

That pair were closing at the line but Craftsman had gained enough of an advantage and saw it out from Michaelmas, who just shaded Shining Emerald for the runner-up spot in the Group Three prize.

Hussey said: "He got his own way. The boss told me to go to the front and make every post a winning one.

"He quickened up well and he kept going.

"I thought he might get tired in the final furlong but he kept at it well. He handled the ground well, too.

"That's brilliant – that's my first Group winner. It's my first winner since I joined the yard as well. I've been there since January."

Hussey completed his double on another apparent second string when Adelaide (9-2) caught Fiscal Focus late on to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden by two and a half lengths, with odds-on stablemate Gypsy King only third.

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