Sunday 23 November 2014

Diva calls the tune at the Curragh

Published 20/07/2014 | 20:23

Mango Diva (right) wins from Lahinch Classics at the Curragh
Mango Diva (right) wins from Lahinch Classics at the Curragh

Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute teamed up for the second year in a row to land the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh with Mango Diva.

After Dank took this before success overseas last year, similar targets may lie ahead for Mango Diva after she got up in the final stride of the Group Two.

Lahinch Classics made a bold bid and appeared to have done enough to cling on having seen off Odeliz and the slightly disappointing My Titania.

But Moore is never in a mood to be denied and the 9-2 chance overhauled David Wachman's filly in the nine-furlong Group Three. My Titania was half a length back in third.

James Savage, Stoute's travelling head lad, said: "We were glad there wasn't much rain last night, she's a good-moving filly and wants top of the ground.

"I was praying for it to stop but in the end it just made it nice ground.

"She's progressive and forward moving and while that could be her trip, she will stay 10. She just gets caught on her head a bit over a mile.

"The boss and the owner will look for her next race, but she might follow the Dank route."

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