Ballydoyle marks Guineas card with Curragh success
Ballydoyle continued her progression with a dominant victory in the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
The beautifully-bred Galileo filly was sent off a warm 11/8 favourite for the Group Two contest following her breakthrough success at Newmarket and was quickly dictating matters out in front.
Fellow Aidan O'Brien representative Minding and David Wachman's Most Beautiful tried to make a race of it but failed to land a serious blow and Ballydoyle pulled clear for a comfortable two-length victory from her stablemate.
"She's a very nice filly. She jumped and travelled. I made the running and thought I went a nice even gallop. It was never really in doubt," said Joseph O'Brien. "She's a big, long-striding filly. She has a great pedigree and is genuine. She ticks all the boxes.
"The Moyglare is the obvious race. She has a lot of pace and could came back to six if she had to, but I don't imagine she'll be doing that. She has a big engine."
William Hill promoted Ballydoyle to 10/1 favouritism for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas.
Bear Cheek looked a high-class prospect as she maintained her perfect record in the Curragh Stakes. An easy winner of a Naas maiden first time out, the Ger Lyons-trained filly tracked the trailblazing Dr Doro before unleashing a smart turn of foot when Colin Keane pushed the button a furlong out.
Independence Day tried to match her move but was always second best and the winner justified 13/8 favouritism in the Group Three event with a length and a half to spare.
"She's a little bundle of speed - she's all speed at the moment and five furlongs is her trip," said Lyons. "We'll keep the lid on her and switch her off and start again when she comes home.
"The problem is that over this trip in Ireland there are no races for them. I'll study the programme abroad.
"We're after landing a Group Three and it's fantastic, but there were no races after she won her maiden in Naas and she had to come straight into a Group race. "If you are not that good it's hard, but we thought she was that good and she's done it well."
Moviesta sprouted wings to get up in the dying strides of the Gerrardstown House Stud Supporting Breast Cancer Research Renaissance Stakes.
Toscanini dictated terms to suit himself and was still on the bridle when his rivals were working much harder as they approached the furlong pole in the Group Three dash.
Gordon Lord Byron tried valiantly to get to him but it was 8/1 chance Moviesta, part-owned by Harry Redknapp and on his fourth outing for Edward Lynam, who came with a wet sail on the stands rail to collar the leader and oblige by three-quarters of a length.
"I fancied him in Goodwood, but it all went pear-shaped," said Lynam. "When I got him initially, myself and Wayne Lordan, who usually rides him work, were of the strong opinion that he was a six-furlong Group horse.
"When he ran at Ascot there was a change of opinion and we thought he was a five-furlong horse. Now I believe he's a six-furlong horse. He bled in Goodwood and has had a few issues, but he's a very good horse.
"They are nice lads to train for and I'm delighted to train a winner for Harry. I wish he was managing my team (Man Utd) at the minute - they might have done a bit better! We'll try and find a nice race for him now."
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