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Sunday 17 December 2017

My Fair Lady!

Patrick Mullins after winning the Grade 3 I.T.B.A Fillies Scheme European Breeders Fund Mares Hurdle on Zuzka. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Patrick Mullins after winning the Grade 3 I.T.B.A Fillies Scheme European Breeders Fund Mares Hurdle on Zuzka. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

CHAMPION Irish amateur Patrick Mullins made a successful trip to Epsom to take the Amateur Derby on Beacon Lady.

The record-breaking rider, son of top Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins, booked himself for the mount on the William Knight-trained four-year-old.

Although this was Beacon Lady's first visit to Epsom she had winning form at Brighton, which is a similar track, and had no problems handling the undulations.

Mullins had the 3-1 chance at the rear of the field for most of the mile-and-a-half contest before bringing her with a telling surge to challenge the favourite Azrag and go on to win by a length and a quarter.

"We were really pleased, delighted and Patrick actually rang up for the ride, so it was all straightforward really," said Knight. "He gave her a nice ride. He dropped her out nicely, filled her up with confidence and came with one nice, long run. She did it quite easily in the end.

"The reason we came to Epsom was because she has done so well at Brighton and we wanted to keep things as simple as we could."

Fiesolana is set to step up in grade after landing the third Group Three success of her career in the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary on Thursday.

Trainer Willie McCreery will look at the Group One Qatar Prix de la Foret at Longchamp and the Group Two Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket for the four-year-old.

"She's come out of it very well and is mad fresh," said the Curragh handler.

"She might go for the Foret on Arc weekend or we might run her on Champions Day over seven furlongs in the Challenge Stakes.

"We'll enter her in both races and see."

McCreery is thinking of the BMW Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot on October 5 for Hurryupharriet, who continued on an upward curve with a valiant second place behind Come To Heel in the Listed Curragh Stakes at the County Kildare venue on Saturday.

Exogenesis will be aimed at the At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster's St Leger meeting after his fine run at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Dark Angel gelding finished third behind War Command and Mustajeeb in the Futurity Stakes and while his winning run came to an end, trainer Ger Lyons still felt it represented a career-best effort.

It also opened up a new avenue to Lyons who said he felt he would now have no trouble in staying a mile.

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