Leopardstown: Making Light enters Classic picture

Making Light and Pat Smullen

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.

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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.”

Zawraq return

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.”

 
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