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  • 15:40 Irish 1,000 Guineas 1m

  • (group 1) €440,000 added 3yo 16 ran
  • Winner:
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 46.34s
  • Off time: 15:40:16

Murtagh Does It Again

By Martin Kelly, PA Sport.   Last Updated: 24/05/09 5:47pm

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Again lands the Irish 1000 Guineas.

Again lands the Irish 1000 Guineas.

David Wachman celebrated his first Classic and provided the powerful Coolmore operation with their 10th straight such success in Ireland as Again landed the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh.

And for jockey Johnny Murtagh the filly gifted him a quickfire Classic double after Mastercraftsman's victory in the colts' equivalent 24 hours earlier.

Wachman, the son-in-law of Coolmore supremo John Magnier, has been training for some 12 years but only latterly have the likes of Damson and Bushranger propelled him into the upper echelons.

It was Again, though, who pulled him right into the top rank when staying on inside the final half furlong to deny Mick Channon's Lahaleeb by a neck.

Channon, also chasing his first British or Irish Classic, must have thought his day had come when Declan McDonogh struck for gold passing the two-furlong pole on his filly, only for the 5-2 favourite to nab the British raider right on the line.

Lahaleeb found the quick conditions too much in the Newmarket Guineas three weeks ago - a race from which Again was withdrawn at the 11th hour due to the good to firm ground.

Wachman said: "We didn't run her at Newmarket because of the very quick ground and we've ended up with the other extreme - very slow ground at the Curragh.

"It's great to win my first Classic. She's always been a nice horse and I'm very lucky to have her.

"My biggest worry was that she hadn't had a run whereas most of the others had, and with those conditions the race would turn into a real test.

"I thought the lack of a run showed in the last 100 yards, but Johnny always thought she was going to win from a furlong and a half out. It turned into a slog but she stayed well.

"She is in everything and has all sorts of options. The Oaks is only 12 days away, but she is tough and she stays. There is also the Pretty Polly, the Irish Oaks and the Coronation Stakes to consider.

"Where she goes is up to her owners and it will depend how she is.

"A mile and a half should not prove a problem to her and she will come on for this."

Ladbrokes trimmed the daughter of Danehill Dancer to 6-1 from 12s for the Investec Oaks.

Murtagh added: "I thought she had a good chance and they went a good pace during the race.

"At halfway I didn't know where to go but I had the fancied horses on my right and she had a good battle in the final furlong and a half.

"Once I got her on an even keel I was always confident she was going to get there.

"She is a high-class filly and another couple of furlongs wouldn't be a problem."

Channon sent out the luckless Nahoodh to finish seventh in the race 12 months ago, but got much closer this time with his Fred Darling winner racing on her favoured soft surface.

The trainer said: "We've got beat, but that is racing.

"The ground was too quick for her in the Newmarket Guineas but she has proved she is a high-class filly and when we get the ground we will go well again.

"She will now go for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot."

Brian Meehan was out of luck with Delegator in the 2000 Guineas and suffered another reverse as 3-1 second-favourite Super Sleuth finished 13th of 16 runners under Frankie Dettori.

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