Making Light gallops to victory in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony McFadden 3:20PM 23 OCT 2016
Report: Leopardstown, Sunday
Killavullan Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 2yo
MAKING LIGHT produced an impressive performance to beat the colts and enter the equation for next year’s Classics.
Dermot Weld’s filly was sent off the 3-1 joint-favourite on the back of an eight-length maiden win at Limerick and justified punters’ confidence with a smooth display under rider Pat Smullen.
Spirit Of Valor finished a length behind in second, while Taj Mahal finished a neck behind his Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate in third.
Making Light did not receive an initial entry in next year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas but, based on her trainer’s post-race comments, it would be little surprise were she added at a later date.
Weld said: “We’ll head to the Classic trials next year and that will tell all. She’s a lovely filly and won that easily. Hopefully she’ll progress and we can give her a Classic campaign.
“I’d say her trip would be a mile, maybe a mile and a quarter. She’s a genuine, lovely filly.”
An impressed Smullen said: “She’s improving. That might not have been the strongest Killavullan but she quickened well and was impressive.
“There’s a lot to look forward to in the spring.”
Weld expressed his satisfaction with the performance of one-time Classic hope Zawraq, who finished runner-up to Flying Fairies in the Listed Trigo Stakes.
Zawraq, who was making his first start since beating subsequent Endless Drama in April of last year, was sent off as the 8-11 favourite but never looked like reeling in the impressive winner.
“That was excellent,” Weld said. “He was a bit ring-rusty on his first run and that would be as fast as he has gone for nearly two years.
“He’s come home nicely and had a good blow afterwards.
“I would encourage Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum [owner] to keep him in training next year.”