Ellthea claims Group Three honours for Karl Burke at Naas

Sun 24 Sep 2017

British challenger Ellthea was an impressive winner of the C.L. & M.F. Weld Park Stakes at Naas.

Having dominated her rivals in a valuable nursery at Doncaster last week, Karl Burke's filly was due to step up in class in Saturday's Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr, but the abandonment of that fixture led to her making a last-minute trip to Ireland.

She was a 10-1 shot for the Group Three assignment under Colm O'Donoghue and after hitting the front over a furlong out, she stuck to her task well against the far rail to prevail by two and three-quarter lengths.

Aidan O'Brien's pair of Sizzling and Ballet Shoes were second and third respectively.

Burke said: "Obviously she is a talented filly, but she has just suffered with being in season all summer really. Every time we took her away she was in season and not performing.

"There is a little bit of temperament to her which, when she uses in the right way, she is very useful.

"I'm not sure if she will run again. We were thinking if she nicked a bit of black type we would probably pack her in for the year but Colm said she did that pretty easily and was a bit lonely in front.

"So we might look for something else yet."

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