Black Type Now On Agenda For Milan Mare
The Jessica Harrington-trained Coromandel Lady (5m Milan - Katie’s Cracker, by Rambo Dancer) justified strong market support when taking the mares’ bumper at Thurles on Thursday.
Finian Maguire took the ride, having steered her to finish third on debut last month, and positioned her to chase the leaders for much of the two mile contest. Encouraged to quicken with four furlongs left to race, the bay mare soon improved into second and led approaching the two furlong pole. Staying on well, she beat Lady Of Elysium by two and a quarter lengths, with the favourite Dolly Dancer (Yeats) taking third.
Harrington, who leases the winner to the Mount Temple Three Syndicate, commented after the race, “She was bound to come on a lot from her first run. We'll look for black-type now but whether we wait for Punchestown or Aintree I don't know but I'm happy with her and am delighted to get that.”
Coromandel Lady was bred by the late John Harrington and is a half-sister to three black-type jumpers, including the stable’s previous Grade 1 performer Saludos. The Harringtons have also, of course, had great success with the winner’s sire, Milan, responsible for stable star Jezki. Milan stands for a fee of €8,000 at Grange Stud this season.