Monday 19 February 2018

Misty for me shows class

Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Misty For Me struck a significant early blow for Ballydoyle at the Paris track when emulating Rumplestiltskin's 2005 Prix Marcel Boussac triumph, turning in another gritty display to lower the colours of odds-on favourite Helleborine.

Stepping up to a mile for the first time on ground that put the emphasis on stamina and courage, Johnny Murtagh's mount looked in danger of defeat when the hitherto unbeaten Helleborine loomed upside into the final furlong as they forged clear.

However, the daughter of Galileo, obliged to miss the recent Fillies Mile at Ascot with a bruised foot, once more demonstrated a willing attitude by stretching right out for the Irish champion to forge ahead in the final half-furlong for a fully deserved success.

Likely to be more suited next year to a crack at the Oaks rather than the 1,000 Guineas here or in England, Misty For Me (returned at an SP of 3/1 but paid 4/1 on-course) thus was doubling her Group One tally for Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners from just five starts.

There was more woe for the current crop of French juveniles in the following Prix Jean-Luc Legardere, when Wootton Bassett decisively extended his undefeated record for Yorkshire-based Louth native Richard Fahey's stable in the hands of Paul Hanagan.

Irish Independent

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