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    Hanalia surpasses her initial performance to remove Murtagh's maiden tag
Hanalia surpasses her initial performance to remove Murtagh's maiden tag
Hanalia and Ben Coen. Source: irishracing.com

Hanalia surpasses her initial performance to remove Murtagh's maiden tag

Hanalia, trained by Johnny Murtagh, improved upon her encouraging debut at Gowran Park earlier this month to win the Revamp Conservation and Restoration Irish EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh with a dominant victory.

The filly owned by Aga Khan was held up at the back by Ben Coen during the opening portion of the race and was sixth going into the straight, with Lily Hart leading the charge.

After being switched out to go closer in third place over a furlong out, Sea The Stars' daughter quickly gained energy, overtaking the long-time leader and winning by a length and a quarter.

Johnny Murtagh said: “She ran really well in Gowran and I was worried about the ground but Ben said the Gowran ground was a lot worse than today. She got through it well. She’s not a slow filly. He said they didn’t go quick and he loved the way she travelled into the race. She quickened up and hit the line well. It’s a good trip for her and I wouldn’t be sticking her up to a mile and a half yet. The Oaks Trial at Naas could be a possibility for her.”

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