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Sign of peace: A triumphant Seamie Heffernan aboard Aidan O’Brien-trained Peaceful with groom Leigh O’Brien after winning the Tattersalls 1,000 Guineas. Photo: PA Wire

Sign of peace: A triumphant Seamie Heffernan aboard Aidan O’Brien-trained Peaceful with groom Leigh O’Brien after winning the Tattersalls 1,000 Guineas. Photo: PA Wire

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Sign of peace: A triumphant Seamie Heffernan aboard Aidan O’Brien-trained Peaceful with groom Leigh O’Brien after winning the Tattersalls 1,000 Guineas. Photo: PA Wire

Peaceful could race again as soon as this Saturday with Royal Ascot being mooted after a blistering display secured a ninth Irish 1,000 Guineas for Aidan O'Brien, and a fourth for Seamie Heffernan, at the Curragh.

Heffernan's mount turned Saturday's Curragh Classic into a procession when leading home an O'Brien family 1-2-3-4 with the Ballydoyle maestro outlining that he will seriously consider Ascot's Coronation Stakes for the filly.

"If she came out of it well, you'd have to look at it. We thought some of these fillies could back up in it. It's rapid the way things are happening this season and it's very hard to make plans because it's changing all the time," O'Brien said of the 3/1 winner.

Her victory also marked Galileo's 85th time to sire a winner at the highest level, edging him past the late great Danehill, and it came in a unique manner given that Peaceful secured her maiden win at Thurles, more renowned as a jumps track.

The Epsom Oaks (July 3), for which she is now a 5/1 shot behind stablemate and English 1,000 Guineas winner Love (6/4 favourite), and the Irish Oaks could also be on the agenda after her dominant two-length win.

"Donnacha (O'Brien) loved her when he won on her in Thurles last year and then she went to Newmarket and couldn't walk a yard in the heavy ground but still kept fighting and wasn't beaten far at the line," the all-conquering O'Brien said.

"That's the sign of a really good filly, she just wouldn't lie down. She's obviously very good. She loves the ground, skipped along, and is very uncomplicated. We always thought she'd stay a lot further than a mile.

"Epsom has to be a possible, the lads (owners) will decide. We knew we had nice fillies. They are Galileo fillies and we're so lucky to have them. They are beautifully bred, big, rangy, scopey fillies and they get better and better."

The 'O'Brien & sons' Classic saw father Aidan hold off Fancy Blue (12/1), trained by youngest son Donnacha (21), while O'Brien senior was also responsible for third-placed So Wonderful (13/2) with New York Girl (14/1), in the care of his eldest son Joseph (27), back in fourth.

Quick

Jessica Harrington's Albigna (6/5 favourite) never landed a blow in sixth with the Moone handler citing the quick ground for her downfall but she did claim an earlier fillies' maiden when Shane Foley guided Dickiedooda (5/2 favourite) to success, although the day was totally dominated by O'Brien.

The 22-time Irish champion Flat trainer combined with Heffernan to land a 107/1 four-timer, including the three stakes races up for grabs, with Snow (5/1) kicking things off in a fillies' maiden before Lancaster House (6/4) impressed when taking the Group Three Gladness Stakes.

The globetrotting Magic Wand (4/5 favourite) waltzed to her first Irish victory in the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes having been rerouted from Ascot due to concerns over soft ground at the Berkshire track.

"She could go to the Eclipse or the Pretty Polly. She's an unbelievable mare. She hadn't run over a mile since her debut. She has a lot of class, she's a great mare and I'm delighted with her," O'Brien said.

Elsewhere, the valuable Ragusa Handicap produced a thriller with Monasterevin handler Mark Fahey getting a big day in the sun when 5lb claimer Gavin Ryan thrusted late on Edification (14/1) to catch Shane Crawley's Tartlette (11/1) by a neck.

Gavin Cromwell combined with Wayne Lordan to take the opener with Mutadaffeq (16/1), while Kieran Cotter's Strong Johnson (7/2 favourite) lived up to his name to score in handicap company for Colin Keane.

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