American Lady gained a deserved success at Dundalk on Friday evening powering to victory in the Bet On The Best Night Out Maiden under jockey Chris Hayes for owner Mark Gittins.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner raced prominently throughout and in the end held off the highly 91-rated Healy’s Double when scoring a half length success.

“She was entitled to do that. She hadn’t a bad run last year…She was freshened up, Fozzy said she’d improve a lot and we were just worried about the draw.

“She gave a heave inside the furlong pole and showed a good attitude. For her to do it from that draw you’d have to be very happy with her.

“That’s the main thing done now (winning her maiden). She sold well at Ascot (£200,000) and has a nice pedigree so we’ll try and nick a bit of black-type.” jockey, Chris Hayes.