After being a beaten favourite on her first two outings, Piece Of Paradise opened her account at the third time of asking in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden at Tipperary on Sunday.
Fozzy Stack’s youngster had obviously been showing plenty at home, but had been failing to reproduce it on the track before now.
This time around she made virtually all the running under the excellent 5lb apprentice Andrew Slattery, to win by a length from Lady Penelope.
“The blinkers were a big help. She was backing off the gate on her first couple of runs and the blinkers just concentrated her a bit,” said Stack.
“We thought she’d win the last twice and hopefully she can build on this. I might enter her in the Listed race at the Curragh on Friday. She gets five well and might get six.
“It is not easy for those fillies to carry top-weight in those auction races and she’s after winning now which is the main thing.”
The Peckhampouncer got off the mark in the Racing Again 29th August Nursery Handicap.
Trained by David Broad, the 9-4 chance won by two lengths.
“He was running well in good maidens and a winners’ race the last day. Robbie (Colgan) said he loved the ground, travelled well but just idled when he hit the front,” said Broad.
“We didn’t plan for anything after today, but Colin Keane rode him the last day and said he might be one for the Birdcatcher later on the year, so we might keep it in mind.
“So long as there’s soft ground, we’ll keep going, but if it dries up, he might have a break. Robbie rides him work all the time and knows him well, so he didn’t need much instructions. He’s a big horse and will probably be a better three-year-old.”
He added: “It’s great for Keith Cooper and my wife, Roz, who do all the work at home.
“I only have five horses in at the minute. I ride out in the morning at Gordon Elliott’s and do my horses in the afternoon.
“We had 30 or 35 horses, but I don’t really want any more, to be honest. We’re keeping it small and trying to keep the show on the road – keep it small and keep costs down.”
Denis Hogan’s Hathiq (9-2) bounced back to form to win the Follow Tipperary On Facebook Handicap.
Having disappointed at Epsom in the Dash and at the Curragh in the Rockingham, he relished the drop in grade and always looked the winner under Rory Clearly.
“It is great to have him back as we found a few issues with him and probably shouldn’t have gone to Epsom or the Rockingham,” said Hogan.
“We found a few issues after, nothing major, and the boys had a few quid on him this morning so it is great.
“He’ll come back here for a Listed race at the end of the month and he also holds an entry for the Group One Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.
“If he won the Listed race it would be an option and the Group One often cuts into a small field and the lads picked it out.”
Kiss For Jewel (6-4 favourite) was another to register a first career triumph, taking the www.tipperaryraces.ie Fillies Maiden for Dermot Weld in the hands of Oisin Orr.
Orr said: “It’s nice to get her head in front, she had a few good runs and I was probably unlucky one of the days on her.
“She did it well. I was happy enough to take a lead on her for as long as I could and when I did hit the front she was just doing enough.
“Hopefully she will improve from that and hopefully she will take another step forward.”