Misty outlook for Midday as O'Brien filly defies Curragh odds
Misty For Me floored multiple Group One winner Midday in sensational style when making all the running in the Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.
The Irish 1,000 Guineas winner had disappointed in the Investec Oaks but she bounced back with a spectacular victory in this mile-and-a-quarter feature. Seamie Heffernan soon had the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly out in front from Claiomh Solais with Midday settled in third place by Tom Queally.
Misty For Me (100/30) was brought down the centre of the track and showed no signs of stopping as she bolted up by six lengths from the 1/3 favourite, which in turn was four and a half lengths clear of Chrysanthemum.
"Henry (Cecil, trainer of Midday) said he was very impressed. He was happy with his own filly and he's a special man," said O'Brien.
"We're delighted with Misty For Me and she had the form on the board. Things didn't work out at Epsom and that can happen. She's been very well since and Seamie gave her a beautiful ride and got her into a lovely rhythm.
"We learned a lot from Epsom and that was her first time over a mile and a half which we weren't sure about and we might have restricted her too much.
"It's very possible that she could go for the Irish Oaks now but we also have Wonder Of Wonders for that. Misty For Me would have no problem sticking at 10 furlongs and we'll have to go home and talk about it."
"She is tough and genuine and I get a great tune out of her," Heffernan added. "I might have rode her wrong and she mightn't have handled the track at Epsom."
O'Brien and Heffernan were completing a double after David Livingston (2/1 favourite) was a comfortable three-length scorer in the Barronstown Stud EBF Maiden.
Ed Dunlop withdrew Snow Fairy from the feature race due to the ground, but the Newmarket trainer had compensation when Red Cadeaux (7/2) ran away with the At TheRaces Curragh Cup. Leading over a furlong out in the hands of Tom McLaughlin, Red Cadeaux quickly put the race to bed to lift this Group Three prize by nine lengths from Zerashan.
"We thought he was very unlucky at Pontefract on Sunday when he got knocked over making a run," Dunlop said. "We knew he'd like the ground and that he'd stay well. He was very impressive.
"The owner is based in Hong Kong. We've discussed things like the Melbourne Cup, and we might consider the Irish Leger on this type of ground. He's adaptable, from a mile and a half to two miles."
Experience justified strong market support to pounce late and take the Group Three Grangecon Stud Stakes.
Wayne Lordan bided his time on the even-money favourite and, challenging on the wide outside, she hit the front in the last 100 yards to score by a length and three-quarters from Somasach.
"She is a classy filly and did it well," trainer David Wachman said.
"She has plenty of speed, a touch of class and would like better ground like a lot of those sired by Excellent Art.
"Wayne was happy with her and she is very straightforward. She has plenty of size and strength, she has a high cruising speed and quickened well. She is in everything -- the Lowther, and she might step up to seven furlongs later on for the Moyglare."
After chasing home smart types in Maybe and Teolane on her first two starts, Princess Sinead (13/8) made it third time lucky in good style in the Aer Arann EBF Fillies Maiden under Fran Berry.
"The extra furlong helped and maybe the ease in the ground," said trainer Jessica Harrington.
"She ran twice at six furlongs and was always coming home at Naas.
"She's very big and it is surprising she's running so well so early. She'll have a Moyglare entry and maybe one more run before then."
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