John Grogan’s Milestream Stables on the Clonmel road gained another well deserved big-race success when the yard’s only resident Katla (who is only in training because no one wanted to buy her) held on in a tight finish to win last Wednesday night’s Listed Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas.
The three-year-old gave connections a year to remember as a juvenile when beating the smart Barefoot Lady to win York’s Rockingham Stakes and signing off with a fine third in a Maisons-Laffitte Group Two, the three-year-old filly came up short on more than one occasion this season in similar company. But it all fell right in this six-furlong event as jockey Billy Lee produced the 7/2 shot to lead at the furlong pole from Empowering, from the all conquering Ballydoyle tables. The latter fought back but Katla ( named after the Icelandic volcano) held on by a short head.
In an after race comment dairy farmer come race horse owner-trainer John Grogan said “She might go for a five-furlong race at Tipperary on August 5 and could go for a six-furlong race at Ascot later in the year too,”