Harrington and Halford head new two-year-old order
Few would have predicted that the two best Irish juveniles in 2010 would be trained, not by Aidan O'Brien, Dermot Weld, John Oxx, Kevin Prendergast or Jim Bolger, but by Jessica Harrington and Mick Halford. Harrington's Flat string has flourished in recent years, and her prowess with two-year-olds grows ever more potent.
Laughing Lashes again advertised her skills with fillies, but it is Pathfork that has enabled her to join the elite.
Unbeaten in three, the American-bred colt's triumph in The Curragh's National Stakes saw Harrington's name added to the list of first-time Group One winners that also included Halford's, who repaid Sheikh Mohammed's faith in spades by making all the right decisions with Casamento.
That one will sport the blue of Godolphin when he returns in 2011 from a winter in Dubai, but it will be fascinating to see if Harrington can emulate Frances Crowley with Pathfork and become only the second Irish lady to train a Classic winner. The prospect is certainly not unlikely.