Concertista puts in winning performance at Limerick | Racing News

Performer managed the breakthrough in the journey to win the BoyleSports Irish EBF Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase in Limerick.

Winner of the Cheltenham Festival in 2020, she was beaten at the photo finish in March and her attentions have been shifted to fences this season.

Good enough to win a grade two event on its Cork debut, which went over two miles and on this occasion was increasing two and three-quarter miles – and in proving ground.

There was no waiting either, as Kitty Galore took the lead early on, ensuring there was plenty of pace.

Concert player Sayce Gold’s main market rival was one of the first to fall and Sean O’Keeffe contented himself with giving the leader plenty of rope.

It proved to be a good decision as together with Darrens Hope, they pulled Kitty Galore back on the run to the last and the 1-2 favorite pulled four lengths clear of the post.

“She was obviously very good at overcoming obstacles, I was very happy with her jump today and I have come a long way in terms of jumping and fitness since her first run,” said O’Keeffe.

“At the top of the hill Kitty Galore had a good lead, but my mare was picking up loads and I knew that going straight ahead my mare would catch her easily. I was always confident in her and she was good and intelligent in the Ultimo.

“Her class is showing true and Willie (Mullins, coach) did a great job keeping her sweet. We hope she will improve further and it was a very good performance.”

Mullins, speaking from Leopardstown, said: “I thought Sean gave her a brilliant pass because she’s just young, she was good shot but didn’t panic.

“It made her jump and it’s very hard when you’re this far from your ground, especially one of John Ryan’s because they jump and gallop.

“It was a big request for a young boy, but he timed perfectly. For a mare that has her second run on the paddocks, she jumps like a handicapper. She was very agile and very sharp.

“He will go to Cheltenham and probably do another run somewhere. It may be a year too soon, but there is hunting for mares.”

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