Smart Maiden Win By Starspangledbanner Filly
A step up in trip saw Inner Beauty (2f Starspangledbanner - La Femme, by Cape Cross) confirm her promise in Monday’s maiden at Limerick.
The Ken Condon-trained filly finished third on both her starts over the minimum distance, before stepping up to six and a half furlongs on her third start. With Billy Lee once again on board, she chased the leaders in the early stages and made headway when travelling well two furlongs from home. Switched left to challenge approaching the final furlong, she ran on well under hands and heels to win by two lengths.
Speaking after the race, Lee said, “She cruised into the race and on the face of that, it was a good performance.”
Owned by David Kelly and bred by Nicky Hartery, Inner Beauty becomes the first winner out of La Femme, herself a daughter of Group 3 winner Nick’s Nikita.