Soprano completes her hat-trick of wins
Midnight Soprano pictured winning her maiden at Wexford in July 2010
(Healy Racing Photos)
The winning 5yo daughter of Celtic Swing won a valuable fillies handicap at Navan in October of last year at 25/1 before following up on her first start this season at Gowran earlier this month when sent off the 11/4 favourite.
Having tracked the leaders early on she was fifth after halfway. She was pushed along entering the straight and was ridden into the lead over a furlong from home.
Paddy the Celeb ran well to take third a further three parts of a length back at 12/1 under Shane Foley for Mick Halford.
Winning trainer Paul Deegan said afterwards: "She is a smashing mare and I think we are a long way from the bottom of her. We will see what the handicapper does now.
"I was almost going to pull her out because of the ground and the step back up in trip but she got away with it.
"Marc (winning rider Marc Monaghan) is some value for his claim. He is as cool as a breeze and he is going to be top class."
The win was extra sweet for winning rider Marc Monaghan as his father James owns and bred the winner.
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over a mile and two for 3yo's only, saw two John Oxx trained newcomers battle out the finish with 16/1 shot Aklan under Ben Curtis just getting the better of stable companion Ebazan (9/2) under Johnny Murtagh by a short head.