Eddie Lynam may well have unearthed another sprinting gem as the improving Kyllachy filly Soffia brushed aside quite a formidable looking British challenge in the Group 2 Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon.
In a race where they went a tremendous early pace, the 6-1 shot was ridden patiently by Declan McDonogh, who got there stylishly on her over a furlong out and on the climb to the finish she quickened clear impressively to beat El Astronaute by three-and-a-half lengths. The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five here in September is likely to be her next target.
After a few withdrawals, especially that of likely odds-on favourite Move Swiftly, the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday became a very winnable contest indeed, and it was won from the front by Red Tea for Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien.
It was a perfectly controlled race by Donnacha, who set his own fractions in front and just kept pulling out a little more and a little more again to account for Goddess by two lengths. She was always in command and a return here for the Moyglare Jewels Blandford Stakes in September is quite likely.