Rachael Blackmore proved that she has the Midas touch yet again with the Tipperary jockey landing the biggest success of her Flat career when steering Oriental Eagle (18/1) to a surprise victory in the Listed Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick last night, writes Michael Verney.
Oriental Eagle, a dual Group winner when trained in Germany, was purchased for €100,000 last October but had shown little promise in two starts for Emmet Mullins and was beaten out of sight at Leopardstown last Sunday.
Blackmore showed that she can do no wrong on the level also, though, as the Killenaule native, fresh from a record-breaking season over jumps, settled Mullins' runner beautifully before unleashing a powerful turn of foot in the final two furlongs.
Mullins has already shown himself to be a master beyond his years and the 30-year-old lauded the talents of Blackmore while revealing that "all options are open" with the talented six-year-old over the coming months.
"He's just taken a long time to figure out and I'd say we're still learning," Mullins said. "He'll be exciting going forward. He could do anything. He has schooled and schooled well so we've all options.
"I know Ronan (Whelan) has had a great evening but we'll have to give him a bit of slagging that we'd to bring in the jump jockey to get the job done!"
Blackmore, who has been keeping fit on the Flat ahead of jump racing's return at the Patrickswell track next week, was delighted "to get an opportunity like this" and can't wait to be reacquainted with National Hunt action on Monday.
"Bring on the jumps now!" she proclaimed. "I've been down at Henry's (de Bromhead) quite a bit. He has the yard in fantastic shape and I'm really looking forward to getting some of them going again and seeing where we're at."