Kilbarry Lodge Stud enjoyed a terrific Monday at Leopardstown, when Kilbarry Lilly (Classic Cliche) ran out an easy winner of her maiden hurdle, followed by finishing a close second in the finale, with both homebreds trained by Con O’Keeffe.
Having won a four-year-old mares maiden at Boulta in December, Kilbarry Lilly finished third on her hurdle debut the following month and stepped up to two and a half miles on her latest start. Ridden to chase the leaders by Davy Russell, she made good headway on soft ground to lead from the second last and extended her advantage to four and a half lengths on the line.
Russell was impressed by the winner, later commenting, “Jumped fantastic and travelled well throughout the race and obviously stayed on well towards the line. Two and a half in that ground was ideal for her you know.”
Kilbarry Lilly is owned by Mrs O’Keeffe and Tadhg O’Sullivan, as is Kilbarry Calling, who was beaten just half a length in the Beginners Chase later in the day.
Kilbarry Lilly was bred by Thomas O’Keeffe out of the Saddler’s Hall mare Tropical Lilly, making her a full-sister to John Kiely’s bumper winner Kilbarry Classic, now the dam of Grade 2 performer Embittered, bred by Con O’Keeffe.
Tropical Lilly is a half-sister to Group 2 Royal Whip Stakes winner Tropical Lady and Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner Wilamina. The second dam, meanwhile, won a Lusted hurdle and comes from the family of dual Graded hurdle winner Megans Joy.