Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Duntle back to winning ways

Duntle holds all the aces in the Amethyst

Duntle made a perfectly satisfactory reappearance with victory in the Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown.

The David Wachman-trained filly was having her first start since being demoted from first place in the Matron Stakes at this track in September, having been ruled to have interfered with Sir Henry Cecil's Chachamaidee.

Settled in third by Wayne Lordan as Sweet Lightning took the five runners along in single file, the 8-13 favourite quickened smartly a furlong and a half out to sweep to the front. She looked to idle from there and although the winning margin over Custom Cut was a narrow one, Wachman's charge was always doing enough.

Duntle holds an entry in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (formerly the Windsor Forest) at Royal Ascot, and looks set for a trip to the big meeting.

Wachman said: "She wants fast ground and a fast pace. She will head to Ascot now and that was a satisfactory start for her."