Iridessa looks 'Pretty' again
Iridessa bounced back to her very best to spring a surprise in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
The Joseph O'Brien-trained filly had ended her juvenile campaign on a high with victory in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, but had fallen short at the highest level in both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas after being beaten on her seasonal debut.
However, she showed her true colours to land the second Group One success of her career. Magic Wand was the first to lead, but Wild Illusion went on seven furlongs out until into the straight.
Magic Wand regained the advantage, but Wayne Lordan produced Iridessa (8/1) with a well-timed run to assert in the final furlong and cross the line two-and-a-quarter lengths to the good. Pink Dogwood, trained like the runner-up by Aidan O'Brien, was a never-dangerous third. The Irish Oaks next month looks sure to be on the menu for the winner.
Earlier, Twilight Payment (7/1) dug deep to see off all-comers in the Comer Group International Curragh Cup.
Kevin Manning set out to make the running on Jim Bolger's six-year-old, but last year's Irish Derby hero Latrobe looked a serious threat in the straight. However, Twilight Payment refused to buckle and battled on to prevail by a neck.
"He's a great looker and he has the ability to match the looks," said Bolger. "We'll aim him at the Irish Leger and he'll probably go for the trial race before that."