Posted: 3rd Oct 2016
Adrian Keatley must be the only man in Ireland who smiles when the rain arrives. His star filly Jet Setting just loves to get her toe in and she proved a class apart with conditions in her favour in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Tipperary.
Following the success, Keatley admitted the relief to see his Irish 1,000 Guineas winner do the business, and also conceded that he is on weather watch for the remainder of the season.
"That was important today as there was a bit of pressure on," the trainer said.
"She just loves the ground - there's no getting away from it - and she also loves that trip, which is perfect for her.
"We'll sit down with the owners at Newmarket [sales] next week and make a plan but wherever it's bottomless she'll turn up between now and the end of the year.
"There are a couple of Group 3s in France and a couple of Listed races but if it turned up bottomless on Champions Day at Ascot she could run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes."
Walsh and Mullins land big-race treble
Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins were in treble-winning form as Ivan Grozny took the Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle 30 minutes before Penhill's smooth success in the Grade 3 Joe Mac Novice Hurdle.
Wersterner Lady made it a superb day at the office when she was too strong for her rivals in the Grade 3 Like A Butterfly Novice Chase.
Despite racing keen, Ivan Grozny was a class apart from his rivals in the feature Istabraq Hurdle, and Walsh was suitably impressed.
"He just ran away with me and kept going," said the jockey. "He was a bit fresh as he hasn't run in a while and of course it would have been tougher for him on the softer ground. He jumped super and had enough in the tank to keep going."
With Mullins not on track to enjoy the treble, Walsh also reflected on the successes of Penhill and Westerner Lady respectively.
"Penhill is a fair horse and got better as he warmed up," said Walsh. "He keeps improving and probably doesn't jump the EasyFix hurdles as well as he does the timber ones.
"Westerner Lady was tough. She jumped super and had experience and fitness on her side. She's versatile and the plan was to utilise her fitness today."
World Hurdle runner-up Apha Des Obeaux was making his chase debut for Mouse Morris in the Grade 3 contest but looked in need of the run as he trailed in last of the five runners.
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