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Raydara pounces in Debutante


Raydara surges to the front in the Debutante

Raydara surges to the front in the Debutante

Raydara surges to the front in the Debutante

Raydara ran out a convincing winner of the Group Two Debutante Stakes at the Curragh for Mick Halford and Shane Foley in the familiar colours of the Aga Khan.

The daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar had last been seen finishing fourth to Jack Naylor in the Silver Flash Stakes, with the reopposing Qualify in third.

Qualify hit the front two out on this occasion as Run The Red Light gave way, and the once-raced joint-favourite Lucida immediately gave chase, but she was soon joined by Raydara (11-1), who quickened in eyecatching fashion on the outside of the pack before scoring by half a length.

Halford said: "I'm thrilled with her. When she won her maiden she made the running after finding herself in front, but I thought we made a little bit too much use of her the last day. We're only learning about her.

"She got a break to freshen her up after that. We took her away to the Curragh the other day and she worked very well.

"Shane said she went up through the gears pretty good and he was delighted. She's a very smart filly. Today was a big test and she came through it well.

"I'll talk to Pat (Downes, stud manager for the Aga Khan) now and he'll discuss plans with his Highness.

"The Moyglare is the obvious target, but she does love it fast and she might have had enough for this year.

"She's had her four runs and this is the time of the season that fillies can start to go off."

F oley added: "She's very smart, I probably rode her too forward the last day. She came back good and fresh today, even when she got to the front she pricked her ears.

"Two and a half down I was taking her back and when I let her go she quickened."

Willie McCreery's 6-1 favourite Tylery Wonder bounced out and raced prominently all the way under Billy Lee in the Luke And Nellie Comer Memorial Handicap before collaring Local Flier late on to win by three-quarters of a length.

Sabrina Harty completed an across-the-card double begun by Ansgar at Goodwood when Leigh Roche drove Kalann (16-1) clear in the Mongey Communications Handicap.