Weld purring over Kitten
Pay Day Kitten defied a market drift when showing an excellent attitude in wearing down Hold The Line to land the Naas Median Auction Maiden at Naas in the hands of Pat Smullen.
The Dermot Weld-trained filly was off the bridle some way out in the mile contest but stuck to her guns to get up in the shadow of the post after 3-1 favourite Hold The Line had struck for home two furlongs out.
Weld said of the 7-2 winner: "She did what I expected her to do. She's tough and genuine and battled well. She travels well and handles that ground. She handled it in the Curragh as a two-year-old and I thought she would win."
Smullen added: "We knew a mile would take a bit of getting up the hill here in these conditions, so stamina won the day."
Chris Hayes shone with a fine-front running ride on Talitha Kum (7-1) in the Naas Racecourse On Facebook Rated Race. Joseph O'Brien on Fortify tracked her and at one stage looked to be going much the better, but the Paul Deegan-trained winner would not be denied, digging deep to hold on by a neck.
Deegan said: "She got it easy in front, but Chris said that once Joseph came to him he was always confident as he knew she'd battle well. We weren't really expecting that. It was the perfect race to start back in, but we would have preferred if it had been in another week.
"She's done it well and will probably run in the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown now. She's a proper big filly - gorgeous and straightforward."
Hayes made it a double as Allegra Tak came up the far side of the track to reward market support in the Go Racing In Kildare Handicap for Harry Rogers. The seven-year-old (7-1) had a length and three-quarters in hand over Theyturnedmedown.
Rogers said: "She's been a bit in and out. She looked like the winner at the Curragh last time but downed tools. I thought she was beaten at halfway, but she picked up well when Chris got after her. She seems to like it here and we'll try and find another one for her."