Michael Halford looks to have a very smart filly in his yard following the victory of Raydara in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.
The Aga Khan-owned two-year-old quickened in the manner of a classy racehorse under the guidance of Shane Foley to record a cosy half length victory over Lucida.
Foley made his move with a furlong left to run and the response from the 11-1 shot was immediate.
“I’m thrilled with her,” Halford said. “When she won her maiden she made the running after finding herself in front, but I thought we made a little bit too much use of her the last day.
“We’re only learning about her. She got a break to freshen her up after that. We took her away to the Curragh the other day and she worked very well.
“Shane said she went up through the gears pretty good and he was delighted. She’s a very smart filly. Today was a big test and she came through it well,” he added.