Lily Pond causes more than a ripple at the Curragh

Lily Pond caused a minor upset in the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh.

A field of nine fillies lined up for group two of nine furlongs, with British raider Purplepay of William Haggas all the rage as the equal favourite.

A purchase of €2,000,000 in December, Zarak’s daughter had since run well in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, as well as winning a group two in France.

However, as she moved smoothly through the hands of Tom Marquand, Purplepay failed to get back up when needed and were eventually well beaten in fifth place.

Dundalk’s first winner, Lily Pond, who had failed in three previous outings in Pattern company, was an 8-1 shot for the formidable combination of Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

After following in the footsteps of her rhythmic teammate Galleria Borghese, filly Galileo dug deep late to fend off Seisai’s challenge by half a length.

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O’Brien and Moore were completing a big run double after Order Of Australia’s earlier success in the Minstrel Stakes (follow the link for the full report, reaction and video replay).

“We tried on the last day to get on the trip but it was just too far,” said the Ballydoyle manager.

“We knew after the last day that his journey was between nine and twelve furlongs. It was a great race and she was doing very well.

“She’s a very tough and consistent filly, but I’d say a mile and a half is probably all she wants to do. She’s very comfortable from nine to noon.

“I’m delighted with her, she’s a very well bred filly.”

Considering future plans, he added: “She could ride a good mile and a quarter run now. It’s a group two today, so she could now race in any of those races.

“She could be there on the Arc weekend for the mile and a quarter fillies race (Prix de l’Opéra).”

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Vernet recorded the shortest of wins after a thrilling climax at the Barberstown Castle Irish EBF Fillies Maiden.

Fourth behind the Group 2 winner Statuette on her Racecourse debut at Navan in May, Joseph O’Brien’s 16/1 shot put Clounmacon back through a nose into the hands of Declan McDonogh.

“She’s a good robust filly. She had a good run for the first time over five and a half furlongs (stadia) in a good maiden and we thought at seven she would show progress,” O’Brien said.

“She must have been tough out there today. It was very close, just a whim. It’s great to win a young girl with her. We’re going to go to a black guy now. I thought she was showing a lot of pace so I wouldn’t mind going back to six with her.

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The Owning Hill manager was back on track later in the afternoon, with Nusret Going off the mark in the Aquaturf Maiden under an icy Mikey Sheehy.

9/4 luck was not to win out of turn after finishing runners-up three times this season, most recently being nose-nosed at Limerick.

hot favorite above the rainbow (8/11) was under pressure going into the home turn and while she held on to it admirably, Nusret cruised forward and was pushed to score by a length and three-quarters.

O’Brien said: “He always ran well and we got to know him. The race went well for him and Mikey gave him a great confident ride.

“We could be looking at one of these fine handicaps at the Irish Champions weekend and there’s a good chance it will go hurdles at some point. He has a lot of size and could also be a good horse for this job.

Johnny Murtagh and Ben Coen teamed up to land AK Bets’ ‘Better Prizes Than Companies’ handicap with a 4/1 chance Kerkiyra seeing Nectarine by a neck.

“Ben said coming in front, she kind of pricked up her ears. Instead of going to win, she kind of parked a bit,” Murtagh said.

“To be fair to her, every time they came to see her, she fought well. He said she hit the line well and he knew he won. She’s probably still fighting. learning and I think we’re going to step it up in class now. Hopefully she can improve and progress.

Murtagh and Coen looked like they had a good chance of overtaking in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, but their 3/1 favourite, Miss Mirabell, could only finish fifth behind Mick Mulvany. red heel (14/1) and 7-pound claimant Wesley Joyce.

Mulvany said: “She was sick earlier in the year after her first race. I thought she had worked really well the other day and I was confident enough today that we were going to have a big race.

“We will probably go to the Listed fillies in Galway. I can see the handicapper giving him a few pounds for that.

The formation of Willie McCreery are we dreaming 3/1 favoritism justified in the Finlay Volvo Handicap, Billy Lee being the winning driver.


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