IN initiating a Group 3 double for Shane Kelly and Johnny Murtagh last week, Create Belief (110) landed the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown and, in the process, dispelled any fears that she would not handle faster conditions than she had excelled under at Ascot.

Kelly positioned his filly noticeably wide which, in the finish, proved to be shrewd as the early pace was not strong, so much so that the overall race time was only marginally faster than the fillies’ handicap won by I Siyou Baby (92).