Just Marvellous for O’Brien
Ballydoyle’s supposed second string Marvellous, gave Aidan O’Brien a sixth Irish 1000 Guineas win and also provided jockey Ryan Moore with a first success, with a tough staying performance at the Curragh.
Sent off a general 10/1 chance, Marvellous, who had been beaten 6 lengths by stablemate Bracelet in a Guineas trial here in March, seems to have come on a bundle for that run and with testing ground also suiting, came from nearly last to first under another canny ride by the brilliant Moore.
Stablemate Wonderfully was first to show from the break and set a good gallop, with Avenue Gabrial and Vote Often just behind. Moore was happy to keep Marvellous tucked in in rear but looked to be in trouble four furlongs from home as the pace picked up. Avenue Gabriel hit the front at the 2 pole but was soon overtaken by English raider Lightning Thunder as the field entered the final furlong.
Moore had pulled wide at this stage and once he got his filly into a nice rhythm, she showed a great attitude to pick up the leader and win going away by 3 lengths from Lightning Thunder, with Vote Often staying on for third.
“It was only the third run of her life and she was a bit babyish during the race,” the winning jockey said. When I got stuck into her she found plenty and she won really well in the end. The ground is very testing out there and she was a bit green. Once she started to pick a few off she got to know what to do and I knew at the furlong pole she would go on to win.”
Aidan O’Brien added: “The plan was to come here and then go to Epsom, but the boys will decide what to do. We thought she would stay well and Joseph had the decision between her and Palace and obviously at declaration time the ground was much better.
“She had form on the testing ground. She won her maiden with ease in the ground and very well at Leopardstown after that. Ryan got a good clear run at it. They went a good gallop and she came home very well. She is very well bred and she is a nice little filly.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Pat Healy/PA Wire
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