Smooth success for Legatissimo
David Wachman can consider loftier targets for Legatissimo after the exciting filly ran out a comprehensive winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at Gowran Park.
A winner at Galway as a juvenile before chasing home the smart Jack Naylor at the Curragh, the daughter of Danehill Dancer was a 3-1 shot for this Listed assignment having finished fourth on her seasonal reappearance in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial a fortnight ago.
Wayne Lordan was happy to play the waiting game in the nine-furlong contest, giving his major rivals rope, but he arrived there travelling best of all two furlongs down and his mount showed a nice turn of foot to quicken to the lead.
Aidan O'Brien's Wedding Vow did her best to make a race of it, but the Wachman runner, who holds a stack of big-race entries including the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent, was three and three-quarter lengths too strong.
Having won her final four starts as a three-year-old for the formidable combination of Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, Carla Bianca was all the rage as the 4-5 favourite, but her effort petered out and she was ultimately well-beaten in fourth.
Wachman said: "She liked the good ground. She got stuck in the mud at Leopardstown the last day and Wayne was adamant that day it was the ground. That was much more like it.
"She was a big, weak filly last year and has done well from two to three. I don't think she will get much further than today, although her dam is a sister to Fame And Glory.
"She's in everything and I'll have to talk to Wayne and discuss it with the owners before deciding where she will go next.
"She's a straightforward filly and the faster they go, the better she is."