Punked comes home clear
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By Michael Graham
Punked's experience stood her in good stead as she got off the mark in the opening fillies' maiden over a mile at the Curragh.
Tony Mullins' filly had the benefit of three efforts under her belt with a best finish of third in a valuable fillies' race over seven furlongs here last weekend.
She broke smartly from stall three to make all under Rory Cleary.
She was ridden and asserted over a furlong out and drew clear to score by three and a half lengths at 8/1 from an opening show of 10/1.
Liquid Amber came through for second at 20/1, a couple of lengths ahead of another 20/1 shot City Ballerina. Both were making their debuts.
Tony Mullins said: "I fancied her the last day and she got beaten and I thought the same was going to happen again. She's tough and stays at it.
"It was amazing how fresh she pulled out having run last week and we decided to have another go. We were anxious coming back after just seven days but it paid off.
"We'll step her up in class now and see if we can get a bit of black type. The owner (Danny Coogan) is from Meath and bred her himself."
Minding's sister Conquest attracted plenty of money this morning but didn't get involved in 10th.
Additional reporting by Alan Magee