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Tested trounces Tipperary rivals

Updated: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 21:38 | Comments

Pat Smullen partnered the improving Tested to victory in the feature race at Tipperary
Pat Smullen partnered the improving Tested to victory in the feature race at Tipperary

Tested produced a superb display to convincingly claim the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary.

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.

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.

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.

Purr Along was a big disappointment for the Johnny Murtagh-Jamie Spencer axis.

Smullen said: "We've always held her in high regard and she's only really getting it together now.

"Seven furlongs seems ideal for her and hopefully the boss can find options for her."

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.

"This race was always her target but I don't know where we go next.

"She loves the top of the ground and has been improving all year."

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