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Hermine much too strong for bumper rivals

Hermine made impressive winning debut at Kilbeggan Hermine made impressive winning debut at Kilbeggan
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Hermine may have been the perceived outsider of the two Willie Mullins runners in the finale but the daughter of Authorized ran out a convincing winner of the Follow Kilbeggan Races On Instagram INH Flat Race at Kilbeggan.

Sent off second favourite, behind stablemate Leitrim Park the five-year-old was soon at the head of affairs under jockey Jody Townend.

On the run out of the back straight, Patrick Mullins loomed up behind the eventual winner on Leitrim Park but the champion amateur was soon pushing along, as Townend quickend clear from the front. Wisteria Bloom and Skip Mahler emerged from out of the chasing pack but had no answer to the easy nine length winner.

Jody Townend said; “She was very good. She's just an out-and-out galloper and I couldn't pull her up, she went right down to the second hurdle down the back.

“She was green and she will come on from it. She was having a fair old look in front which was actually good because she settled for me, she can be quite free.

“She definitely has a bit of a future anyway. She doesn't know when to stop galloping.”

Additional reporting by Gary Carson

About John O'Riordan
John has worked for the Press Association since 2022. He also writes a weekly column for The Irish Field and is a regular contributor to the Irish Racing Yearbook. He has previously written for the Racing Post, Irish Examiner and Irish Daily Mirror. He has been involved in racing for over three decades; having experience as a syndicate member, sole owner and breeder.