Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Noble Music a first winner for O'Meara

Tue 7th Jul 2020, 14:34

Michael O'Meara with Noble Music
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The market principals dominated the places in the extended 10 furlong fillies' maiden in Roscommon with Noble Music making virtually all.

This was a first training success for Michael O'Meara who trains near Nenagh in Co Tipperary.

She was pushed along leaving stall 13 by Declan McDonogh to grab an early lead.

The four-year-old filly travelled notably well on the heavy ground sweeping the home bend.

Her market rival, Roving Music, moved into a threatening second at the two pole, however Noble Music had plenty more to give when McDonogh asked her.

The 5/4 favourite forged on strongly up the hill in the final furlong to increase her lead to four and a half lengths at the winning post.

Roving Mission (11/8) could make no impression and took the runner-up spot. She was eight lengths in front of 4/1 chance Beauty Of Deira, though.

Michael O’Meara said: “I haven’t had the licence that long and it’s been a bit stop go since I started.

"I’ve got 12 horses in at the moment and the rest of them are backward two-year-olds for the end of the year or next year.

“I was in America for ten years and I worked with Liam McAteer and Charles O’Brien here.

“We’ll probably step her up now to a good handicap. She handled the ground well and could be a good dual-purpose mare down the road.”

Noble Music had attempted the same tactics over course and distance in June, but was beaten a length and a quarter into second by the favourite that day. She had Roving Mission behind her in third and confirmed the form today.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee

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