Having captured the Ballygallon Stud Debutante Stakes (Ire-II) at Leopardstown in her previous start, Again was sent off as the 3-2 favorite under jockey Seamus Heffernan. Running comfortably throughout, the daughter of Danehill Dancer was sent to the front with two furlongs remaining and easily repelled a bid by Shimah to win by a half-length.
Shimah, a daughter of Storm Cat racing for Shadwell Farm, finished 2 1/2-lengths clear of Beyond Our Reach. Final time for the seven furlongs was 1:28.83 over the soft turf.
A delighted Wachman told the press afterwards, “She’s a nice filly and Seamie gave her a great ride.” The trainer continued, “She’s really a horse for next year, because she’s still big and weak—she’s going to make an exciting 3-year-old.”
Owned by Michael Tabor, Again was bred in Ireland by Southern Bloodstock. She is out of the unraced Kahyasi mare, Cumbres, a half-sister to multiple champion and leading sire Montjeu.
Daughter of Congaree Sheds Maiden Tag in Round Tower Stakes
Jim Bolger’s Maoineach made her career debut a successful one when she captured the Go And Go Round Tower Stakes (Ire-III) by 1 1/4-lengths over Silver Shoon.
The chestnut daughter of Congaree was purchased for $225,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select Sale in February from the consignment of Leprechaun Racing.
Always travelling strongly for jockey Kevin Manning, Maoineach challenged the leaders two furlongs out, and pulled away for an easy win.
Silver Shoon held on for second, a neck in front of Cristal Island. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:15.76.
Maoineach, whose name originates from the Gallic term “Comaoineach Naofa”, or Holy Communion, was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm. She is out of the Seeking the Gold mare, Trepidation, and hails from the immediate family of grade I winners Dispute, Adjudicating, and Time for a Change.