Misty steals march on Moyglare rivals
Another major setback in a Group One juvenile contest at The Curragh yesterday for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes as hitherto unbeaten hot favourite Memory never got in a blow at all-the-way Ballydoyle heroine Misty For Me with Seamus Heffernan aboard.
The Kildare pilot was making a belated return to the winner's rostrum after a race at the highest level, as champion trainer Aidan O'Brien registered his fifth triumph in the Moyglare Stud Stakes with a progressive Galileo filly from the family of Fasliyev.
"She's very genuine and keeps galloping," was Heffernan's terse post-race summary as he celebrated another big-race win on behalf of the Coolmore partners for whom Misty For Me could be running overseas for the first time in the coming weeks.
"She's a typical Galileo -- they keep going when you really ask them and Seamus has been saying that she stays well. She's very progressive and could go to the Fillies Mile at Ascot and there's the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp to consider as well," O'Brien remarked.
Beaten a length by the supplemented Laughing Lashes in the Debutante Stakes over the course and distance three weeks ago, Heffernan's 10/1 mount managed to reverse that result by the same margin this time with Jessica Harrington's second-favourite, which had every chance but could not make any real inroads. Kissable produced a career-best run from off the pace to snatch third money from the winner's better-fancied stablemate Together.
The Hannon-Hughes alliance and the Highclere Thoroughbreds multiple owners were left wondering what had gone wrong with Memory, never sighted with a chance before finishing only sixth and described by her locally born pilot as "never going -- she was dead as a dodo".
Assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior, who had been present also at headquarters to see Strong Suit relegated to third in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes earlier this month, could shed no light on her eclipse when commenting: "For some reason she didn't fire at all today."
English midlands trainer Ed McMahon and Galway-born jockey Graham Gibbons earlier had shared in a maiden Group-race triumph for all concerned when the fancied Astrophysical Jet blitzed a posse of older sprinters in the Goffs Flying Five.
Considered unlucky not to have landed the Group Two King George Stakes when a close third to Borderlescott last month at Goodwood, the Dubawi filly clocked a fast time (58.56 seconds) when coming home two lengths ahead of fellow raider Tax Free.
The only moment of worry for Astrophysical Jet's connections and backers came under two furlongs out when she was momentarily trapped behind a wall of horses. Ballinasloe native Gibbons managed to secure a clear passage on the stands rail into the final furlong and the outcome was soon settled by a real improver, which elated trainer McMahon will put away for the winter with Newmarket's Palace House Stakes as her early target next year.
Cathy Gannon returned in triumph to The Curragh and did the bookmakers a favour in the process when the David Evans-trained outsider Dingle View held the late challenge of odds-on Glor Na Mara for a famous victory in the Go And Go Round Tower Stakes.
The Dublin-born rider, who was the first female champion apprentice when based with John Oxx, had 24 winners to her credit in Britain this year, most of them for the Evans stable, before recording this first Group victory of her career on the 22/1 chance. A bargain purchase for €20,000 last autumn, Dingle View had already achieved three wins before finishing third in a Listed race at Deauville earlier this month over five furlongs and the extra furlong on well-watered ground here proved ideal.
"She had run very well in France but the six here was just what she wanted," remarked Gannon after getting the daughter of Mujadil home by a head from Jim Bolger's hotpot Glor Na Mara.
There was a surprise outcome too half an hour later when Bolger likewise supplied the beaten favourite Lush Lashes, which kept going without really threatening the leaders on her comeback in the Dance Design Stakes.
The Oxx-trained Shareen made a gallant bid to lead throughout for Niall McCullagh and was still holding Miss Laa Di Da at bay when Declan McDonogh forced Obama Rule between the pair for an exciting success.
"We thought she needed further but this nine furlongs seemed to suit her well," remarked victorious trainer Joanna Morgan.