Minding takes the Moyglare
Aidan O’Brien saddled the 1-2-3 in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon but is was second string Minding who came home in front as the front running Ballydoyle weakened to the line with Alice Springs in third for the trainer.
Ballydoyle was ridden positively by Joseph O’Brien and looked to be home and hosed with a couple of hundred yards to run but Seamie Heffernan got Minding rolling and came past to take the prize.
Winning trainer explained his thoughts….
“We always thought Joseph’s filly was very good but we weren’t sure about the ground as she’s a beautiful mover. She ran a very good race. We knew Seamie’s filly would handle it as her dam handled it well. It was always a possibility it would happen as we thought she had improved and she did. She got the trip well. I’m delighted with all three fillies. Seamie gave his a lovely patient ride, Joseph rolled along and Michael gave his a lovely ride also.
“The winner could be there for the Fillies Mile or something like that. She’s had a break so hopefully will see out the rest of the year. We let Ballydoyle take her chance on the ground so we would know for next year if she handles it. She didn’t run badly and the winner is a good filly.”
“She is a lovely filly, straightforward and I was going easy all the way. The ground probably brought her into it. It’s a funny game, if I was given the choice I wouldn’t have ridden the winner.” Heffernan said afterwards.
“Joseph was travelling very strong but my filly was a bit more relaxed and I finished out a little bit better than he did plus the ground might have been a factor.”
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