Joseph O'Brien picks Snow Queen of the Ballydoyle trio and she looked likely to be suited by this stiff track when staying on in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. However, JUST THE JUDGE was 2l in front of her in second place behind Sky Lantern and Charles Hills' filly, who was unbeaten before heading for the classic, can get back to winning ways. Maureen finished just behind Snow Queen but had an interrupted run when making ground and is no forlorn hope to reverse placings and take this. Viztoria beat Snow Queen very easily here in September and returned to action with a smooth victory over Bunairgead in a Group 3 here so she has to go on the short-list along with Harasiya, a close third to Sky Lantern in the Moyglare here in September. Big Break was very impressive when landing a Leopardstown Group 3 in October and Dermot Weld will have her ready for action despite a long absence.
Big Break 10-11fav (9-0) Raced in 4th, switched out to challenge from over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well to soon draw clear, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct beating Beyond Thankful (9-3) by 4l, 7 ran.
Bunairgead (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead briefly 1f out, soon headed by winner and no impression final 100 yards, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Viztoria (8-12) at Curragh 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs.
Dubaya 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression in 6th final furlong, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Viztoria (8-12) at Curragh 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs.
Exactement (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden 2f out, switched right approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Dundonnell (9-7) at Newmarket 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf.
Hanky Panky (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching straight, went in pursuit of leader in 2nd from 2f out, led from 1f out and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Naas 1m 3yo fll stks beating Nabat Sultan (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Harasiya (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) In touch, 5th halfway, 4th and progress 2f out, challenged over 1f out, 2nd and kept on inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Just Pretending (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead 2f out, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, all out close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) beating Hint of A Tint (9-0) by nk, 9 ran.
Just The Judge (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden to join leader over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf.
Masarah (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 5l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf.
Maureen (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway approaching final furlong, switched right inside final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 6th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf.
Mizzava (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden into 7th 2f out, 4th 1 1/2f out, 3rd and no impression leaders 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Just Pretending (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll Grp 3 (1).
Rehn's Nest (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Keen hold, soon in touch last of the 4, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace final furlong, last of 4, 3l behind Euphrasia (9-9) at Naas 1m 2f flls Group 3 stks (1).
Snow Queen (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden 2f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 5th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf.
Uleavemebreathless 20-1 (9-0) Held up, 8th halfway, headway into 6th 3f out, wide entering straight, ridden in 6th 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Just Pretending (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll Grp 3 (1).
Viztoria (IRE) Evensfav (8-12) Settled towards rear, 6th halfway, switched right and good headway on outer to lead inside final furlong, pushed out and kept on well, won at Curragh 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gs beating Bunairgead (8-11) by 1l, 8 ran.
What Style (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to lead under 2f out, challenged 1f out, headed final 150 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Rawaaq (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.