I Got Soul Bolts Up For First Win

The yellow silks with the black cross of Lorraine will always hold dear memories for the yard when Palace Episode won the Racing Post Trophy back in 2005. Success has continued to follow for the Marnane family, both in the sales ring and on the track. It has been a while since the colours have been carried for the team but I Got Soul shed her maiden tag in fine fashion when running away with the 5f Hampton By Hilton Park Hotel EBF Restricted Fillies Maiden.

Con Manrnane has long been seen as one of the very best breeze up consignors and was one of the first to really set into motion what the sale has become. This year the weather was a big reason as to why the sales saw many unsold lots, with purchasers playing it safe, unable to really judge horses on their merit. I Got Soul is a filly by the red hot sire Havana Grey and she was one who didn’t make the money on which she was valued.

Having been through all her prep she came into training a very professional filly. Making her debut at Wetherby, she showed bright speed over the extended 5f. Dropping back to the minimum trip, she then ran a promising race at York, again showing natural speed but maybe showing signs that the slower ground was not to her liking.

With the two runs under her belt, I Got Soul headed to Hamilton for her third start. Fresh off a Royal Ascot winner, Callum Rodriguez took a first ride for the yard as the pair lined up against 6 rivals. It was an open looking race but soon after leaving the gates, I Got Soul took control. Racing on quick ground for the first time, the grey filly skipped down the hill and immediately went to the front.

There was plenty of pace on throughout the race but I Got Soul was always going best of all, Callum had let the filly bowl along and she happily took him down to the 2f pole. Last to come off the bridle, I Got Soul responded once she got he hurry up from her jockey. Showing her lovely attitude, the filly easily moved through the gears and edged away from her rivals. Callum had yet to ask fro everything but the pair held the advantage and were moving away from the rest.

Holding a length lead running into the final furlong, Callum now asked his filly and with a couple of flicks she pulled clear. Scooting away from her rivals, I Got Soul easily kicked clear and found the uphill finish no problem at all. With the minimum of fuss, I Got Soul secured her first win by an easy 3 1/2 lengths.

It was nice to see I Got Soul get her head in front, she is such a sweet filly who tried very hard and horses like her deserve to win races. Being her third run she will now be eligible for a handicap mark but on this showing, she may well be worth thinking about something a little higher. The win was also very poignant for Kevin, who has been friends with the Marnane family for a long time. The colours used to be carried for Mrs Theresa Marnane who sadly passed away and are now under her daughters Amy and Olivia, who are a major part of the operation. This makes the win all the more important and brings back some wonderful memories from down the years.

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