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Sir Maximilian lands Listed Stakes in Tipp

Updated: Friday, 08 Aug 2014 23:47 | Comments

Tipperary race course
Tipperary race course

Sir Maximilian ran out a most impressive winner of the Listed Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary.

The Tim Pitt-trained gelding had finished a close seventh in the 32Red (Stewards') Cup at Glorious Goodwood last weekend and had no trouble turning out quickly in Tipperary.

Dropping back to five furlongs on quick ground, Stevie Donohoe was always just chasing the leaders and was still a few lengths down as Abstraction hit the front a furlong out.

But the 2-1 chance found his feet and picked up really well inside the last to cut down Abstraction and eventually win by a relatively cosy three-quarters of a length, with 13-8 favourite Russian Soul in third.

It was a second Irish win from as many tries for Pitt's charge, who had lifted a valuable handicap at the Curragh last month.

Pitt said: "He's a very good horse, we're only getting to know him now and five furlongs is his trip.

"He did it the hard way and probably ran a better race in the Rockingham than tonight. The stiffer incline at the Curragh suited him more, he had to grit it out today.

"He'll run in the Flying Five at the Curragh next and then on to the Prix de l'Abbaye."

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