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Slipper Runner for a Slipper Winner

Talented filly Tulip was the first winner for Golden Slipper hero Pierro when scoring on debut at Moonee Valley in December and is now his first stakes-winner after powering to a dominant victory in the Group III ATC Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

A good last start fourth in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes, Tulip confirmed the strength of that form when overcoming an outside gate to race away from the Sydney fillies and win the 1200 metre dash by a length and three-quarters.

Winning rider Kerrin McEvoy was always confident.

"She's done it nicely," he said.

"She handled herself perfectly around this way of going for the first time. I always felt she was going to get the job done."

Tulip comes from the powerful Hayes/Dabernig stable, who won the Blue Diamond with unbeaten Fastnet Rock filly Catchy and will clash with Tulip again next Saturday in the $3.5 million Group I ATC Golden Slipper.

"She was very impressive today," Ben Hayes said. "She just sat midfield and she was three wide no cover and she finished the race off great."

A $400,000 NZB Premier purchase from Curraghmore for BBA Ireland / Lindsay Park Racing, Tulip runs in the Coolmore navy blue for Coolmore and partners.

A half-sister to Group III winner Sacred Eye, Tulip was foaled and raised at Coolmore and is the fourth winner from Group III winning Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) mare Musidora.

Tulip is not only the first stakes-winner for Pierro, but gives him an all-important runner in the Golden Slipper, which Pierro won in 2012, before going on the win the 2YO Triple Crown claiming memorable wins in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and ATC Champagne Stakes. - Breednet


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