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Progressive Miss Tempo brings up brace for de Bromhead

Mike O'Connor guides Miss Tempo homeMike O'Connor guides Miss Tempo home
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Miss Tempo showed that she is a mare going places as she made all to give Henry de Bromhead a quick-fire double in Tipperary.

Mike O'Connor did the steering and had a handy time off the front as he set the pace he wanted to go in this extended three mile handicap hurdle.

She had this big field off the bridle swinging into the straight and really cranked up the pressure when O'Connor asked her for more between the final two flights.

The margin grew by the last where she was untidy, however, it didn't prevent her powering home by a decisive nine lengths at 8/1.

Shane O'Callaghan did well to maintain the partnership on runner-up Ladiam (12/1) as he had lost his irons. Midnight Our Fred took third at 50/1 from Mister Twist (12/1).

Miss Tempo built upon a victory in a Naas handicap hurdle over an extended 2m2f at the end of March. She had been off since December 2021 prior to that Naas run.

"She struggled over three miles on winter ground, but it was lovely to see her stay there," de Bromhead said.

"We just said we’d have a look and see, so it’s great as it opens up more options for her. She loves jumping and I thought Mikey was really good on her — he’s riding out of his skin at the moment.

"She got a leg injury. The lads were unlucky, but they’ve been very patient with her. She lost her race (Tramore, June 4, 2021) for some substance no-one had heard of, so that was very unfortunate.

"She had some great runs. She’s a lovely mare, she’s very genuine, she loves jumping and Mikey’s getting a great tune out of her.

"I'm also delighted for the lads (Ferroandel Racing Syndicate). They’re all from Waterford and they’re great supporters of ours. There are five of them, including (former Republic of Ireland international soccer player) John O’Shea, in the syndicate.”

Additional reporting by Tom Weekes

About Michael Graham
Michael has worked in horse racing journalism for more than 15 years, having also written a weekly betting column on Gaelic football and hurling for a newspaper. He is involved in writing the My Racing Story features on this website. He spent a year in South Africa completing a Diploma in Business Administration and also studied Newspaper Journalism in Belfast. He enjoys playing 5-a-side football on a regular basis.