Sweet Katla collects at Naas
Katla gained another deserved big-race success as she prevailed in a tight finish to the Listed Dark Angel EBF Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas.
Successful in the Rockingham at York last year when beating the smart Barefoot Lady, John Grogan's filly had hit the crossbar on more than one occasion this season in similar company.
But it all fell right in this six-furlong event as Billy Lee produced the strong-travelling three-year-old (7-2) to lead at the furlong pole from Empowering. The latter fought back but Katla held on by a short head, with 3-1 favourite Alanza flying late for third.
Grogan said: "I didn't think she was going to get up! We were hoping there would be plenty of pace, they went quite slow early on but Joseph (O'Brien, on Empowering) did quicken the pace.
"We ran her over five furlongs at Ayr in June, but she was short of a bit of work. She might go for a five-furlong race at Tipperary on August 5 next and could go for a six-furlong race at Ascot later in the year too."
Plenty of interest in the Michael Higgins & Co Race surrounded Teo's Sister and the well-touted Cocozza, but the market principals cut little ice as Taameer ran out a surprise 14-1 winner in a blanket finish.
The once-raced Teo's Sister, as her name suggests a full-sister to the mighty Teofilo, was keen in the early stages and the writing was on the wall a couple of furlongs out.
Cocozza, meanwhile, was sent off the 15-8 favourite but he took his time to settle and although still travelling well to the later stages, failed to pick up as might have been expected.
Up front, old-stager Duff held every chance but Mutahadee and Taameer finished strongly, and the trio flashed past the line more or less in unison.
After a short wait Taameer got the verdict by a short head from Duff, with Mutahadee third. The winner was having his first run for Dermot Weld, having previously been with Marcus Tregoning and was last seen beating two home in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in October.