Sunday 19 November 2017

Lucky number seven for Ryan Moore aboard Curvy

Curvy ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Ribblesdale Stakes
Curvy ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Ribblesdale Stakes

Ryan Moore claimed his seventh winner of the week aboard Curvy in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

David Wachman's filly was sent off at 9-2 for the mile-and-a-half Group Two having won each of her three previous starts this season, with Jim Bolger's Irish 1,000 Guineas Pleascach a warm order as the even-money favourite.

Entertainment set the pace for a long way, but Pleascach took over in the straight under Kevin Manning and looked set to deliver.

To her outside there was some scrimmaging for position, with Curvy barging her way through the smallest of gaps, causing Pamona and Wedding Vow to edge left.

Once in the clear, however, she picked up well and found plenty in the final furlong to beat Pleascach by a length.

Pamona was some four lengths away in third.

Moore said: "It was a very steadily-run race and I thought she was going to win nicely, but a furlong out Kevin (Manning) got a bump and she just fell into me and I had to regather her then. It was harder than it should have been in the end.

"She got the mile and a half well and we'll have to see what the race produces.

"She doesn't do a lot when she gets to the front and hopefully there'll be a bit more in the tank.

"I had some very good rides and could have had a few more (winners)."

Wachman said: "This has been a steady improver. She's a big, scopey filly and keeps stepping up and every time we ask her a question she seems to answer it. She'll level off somewhere I'm sure.

"They went no gallop and it was a very messy race. She did well to win the way the race was run.

"Ryan gave her a good ride. Happy days.

"The trick to this place is not to bring too many. You try and bring the right ones. If you're lucky to have one good enough you bring it.

"She got a free entry in the Irish Derby for winning the Gallinule Stakes the last day. That was kind of my plan, to come here and then the Irish Derby, but we'll see what suits (the owners)."

Bolger said of the beaten favourite: "We think she stayed. It just didn't happen today.

"We now have options for her as she is very versatile, but we wouldn't envisage going beyond a mile and a half.

"It was a good run but the winner is improving every day of the week."

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, was delighted with the performance of Pamona.

He said: "Pamona has run a terrific race and we are absolutely thrilled.

"She was trapped wide but that was not the end of the world. Considering she was given such a bump in the straight by the winner she stayed on well. I don't think it would have made any difference to the result.

"It is just whether we stick at a mile and a half or go back to a mile and a quarter as she quickened up well when she was asked.

"The Irish Oaks is being discussed."

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