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Curragh

  • 15:35 Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Fillies' Group 1) €200,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €120,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000
  • Going: Good (Good to Yielding in places on straight course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 13.37s
  • Off time: 15:35:38

Full result

15:35 Curragh Result 25th June 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Misty For Me (IRE) 8-12 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 10/3
Made all, set a steady pace until quickened entering straight, asserted 2f out, ridden out and in command from over 1f out, kept on well opened 7/2 touched 7/2
2nd (7) 6 Midday 9-10 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 5 1/3f
Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd early straight, ridden over 2f out and soon no impression, no chance with winner from well over 1f out, kept on one pace opened 1/3 touched 4/11
3rd (5) Chrysanthemum (IRE) 8-12 W M Lordan D Wachman 3 16/1
Tracked leaders on inner in 4th, pushed along early straight, soon no chance with winner, moderate 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace opened 16/1 touched 16/1
4th (3) ¾ Claiomh Solais (IRE) 8-12 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 33/1
Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden early straight and dropped to 3rd, soon no impression under pressure, moderate 4th from 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th (6) Aoife Alainn (IRE) 9-10 P Shanahan T Collins 4 20/1
Towards rear, never a factor, no impression in 7th early straight, kept on one pace from over 1f out without threatening opened 16/1 touched 20/1
6th (2) s.h Obama Rule (IRE) 9-10 P J Smullen Ms J Morgan 4 50/1
Held up towards rear on inner, 6th in touch entering straight, soon ridden and no extra from 2f out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th (8) 22 Empowering (IRE) 8-12 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 40/1
Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden early straight and soon no extra, eased when beaten over 1f out opened 25/1 touched 40/1
NR (1) Snow Fairy (IRE) 9-10 J P Murtagh E A L Dunlop 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.60 Tote Place: £1.60,1.10
Straight Forecast: £4.87 Exacta: £8.10

Placepot: €75.30, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

A hugely impressive performance from MISTY FOR ME who produced by far and away a career best performance in toppling Midday, a winner of five Group One races. Seamie Heffernan was allowed to set his own fractions in receipt of an uncontested lead but the manner in which his filly kicked clear of the field was hard to envisage given a rather disappointing run in the Investec Oaks and a workmanlike display in winning the Irish Guineas. Heffernan gradually increased the tempo as the field began to climb about six out before appearing to take a breather before kicking again in the straight. Connections of the runner-up certainly weren't offering any excuses and it was hard not to be impressed with this defeat of a top-class mare. Aidan O'Brien felt that they might not quite have got her tactics right at Epsom where she was ridden with more restraint in order to get the trip and are happy to consider having another crack at 12 furlongs; she certainly wasn't stopping here. She doesn't need to lead but all of her best form has come when racing prominently and it will be interesting to see whether she can conserve her energy over the longer trip. The Irish Oaks is a possible although the stable do have Wonder Of Wonders for that contest. Midday was brought wide in the straight to challenge but was beaten too far for any tactics to have made any difference; she travelled strongly throughout the race and just appears to have bumped into an improved performer who was, of course, in receipt of the generous weight for age allowance. She has enough top-class form with cut in the ground for conditions not to be blamed although she is better suited by a sounder surface. She finished comfortably clear of Chrysanthemum who was having just the fourth start of her career and the second of her season having been asked to contest the Irish Guineas on her reappearance. This was a step forwards from the inexperienced filly who promises to stay further and she can add to her two juvenile Pattern race successes this term although she will need to have her sights lowered for the time being. Aoife Alainn was a multiple winner in Italy and made a satisfactory start for new connections but may not be easy to place having landed a Group One at the back end of last season.