Santa Monica beats Butterflies in the Munster Oaks
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Santa Monica was produced very late to claim the spoils in the Group 3 Munster Oaks Stakes at Cork this afternoon.

A field of ten fillies went to post for this mile and a half contest, including four three year olds.

Key To My Heart was fast away from Glamorous Approach through the early stages.

With a circuit to race, Key To My Heart continued to lead but was joined by Glamorous Approach, with Red Stars tracking this pair.

The order remained the same racing down the back and at halfway Key To My Heart held the lead from the older Glamorous Approach.

Turning for home the front two were a couple of lengths ahead of Red Stars and Sea Swift.

Straightening for home Glamorous Approach went on for Kevin Manning with Butterflies emerging as the main challenger, while Key To My Heart kept on against the rails.

Butterflies got her big white face in front in the final furlong, but Billy Lee brought Santa Monica between the pair and the Charles O’Brien filly got up close to the line.

Butterflies ran on for second, with Glamorous Approach third.

Santa Monica, a daughter of Mastercraftsman, was winning for just the second time in her career.

Lee said: “She was tough and we went a right good gallop.

“I didn’t really travel all that well early on until about five furlongs out, but crept into the race.

“She had the experience and started to get to them then and has her job done now.”