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Last Updated: August 12, 2012 5:55pm
Fire Lily: Could now be set for the Renaissance
Aidan O'Brien's former Group One-winning sprinter Starspangledbanner was tailed off on his comeback from an unsuccessful stud career in the Patrick P. O'Leary Memorial Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh.
The race was fought out by Gordon Lord Byron and Fire Lily with the latter swooping late to prevail by half a length under Wayne Lordan.
"Although she was seventh in the July Cup the form of that race has worked out well," said Wachman.
"She's done it well today, despite the ground, and she is lovely consistent filly and could come back here next month for the Renaissance Stakes."
Kevin Prendergast's Starbright opened her account in the Foleys Antiques European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.
Having finished second on the first two starts of her career, the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade was certainly not winning out of turn.
She did not have it all her own way, however, as the Ger Lyons-trained debutant Harmonic Note made her pull out all the stops.
Eventually in the driving rain previous experience told and Starbright (11-4 joint-favourite) ran out a one-length winner.Prendergast has high hopes for the winner and said: "She'll be better when the she gets better ground.
"She travelled well throughout the race today and she will be back here for her next race in the Moyglare Stakes."
The penultimate fillies' handicap went the way of Stones Peak (6-1) while Pat Smullen, following Famous Name's earlier victory, completed a double on the card in the final race aboard 5-1 short Jembatt.