Saturday 24 March 2018

Naas fit for a Princess

Leopardstown win elevates Weld filly

THE Blue Wind Stakes at Naas looks set to be next on the agenda for Princess Highway after her impressive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown.

Dermot Weld's filly beat some choicely bred individuals by upwards of a length and three-quarters, and is poised to make the step up to Pattern company.

She had been strongly fancied on her debut in October but failed to handle soft ground.

Weld said: "She's a nice filly and that was a nice performance.

"I'd say that was a pretty good maiden -- they went a true pace and she quickened up nicely.

"We'll probably go for the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas now, that would be the logical progression and we'll go from there.

"We won the Ribblesdale with her dam (Irresistible Jewel).


"She (Princess Highway) was a bit green and it was horrible ground (on her debut). She's a top of the ground filly and she's a lovely individual."

Jim Bolger has made a good start to the new season and he saw his Light Heavy floor favourite Furners Green in a tight finish to the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook Race.

The 13/8 market leader moved powerfully under Joseph O'Brien but Light Heavy, a son of Teofilo, found plenty for Kevin Manning and prevailed by half a length.

Bolger said: "A mile is the minimum for him and he'll step up from now on.

"He liked that faster ground and he'll improve throughout the year.

"We'll know more when we run him over a mile and a half. We could look at some of the Derby trials, something like the Ballysax (Leopardstown, April 15)."

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