Pretty Diamondsandrubies shines at Curragh
The feature at the Curragh on Sunday saw Diamondsandrubies dominate a select field of super fillies as the Aidan O’Brien three year old, arguably unlucky at Epsom in the Oaks, took notable scalps in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes.
Under Seamie Heffernan, who was happy to sit at the front rank of the field from the word go, Diamondsandrubies was tough from the turn edging ahead of Secret Gesture and with challengers mounting behind she had to be game and keep the neck out to the line when Legatissimo almost did enough to reel her in at the post but the daughter of Quarter Moon had a short head in hand over the Newmarket 1000 Guineas heroine for the photo finish!
Heffernan who had also ridden the filly at Epsom was full of praise. “Sometimes Epsom finishes a horse and sometimes the good horses thrive on it. We thought she’d stay, she landed in front and I was happy enough to go along with it.”
“I knew they were coming. I knew where the line was. I was a bit unlucky at Epsom. Aidan trains them to progress from run to run and today she was at her best.”
On a good day for the trainer O’Brien was relishing her performance and reminded all that she hadn’t been able to show true colours at the unique Epsom track. “At Epsom she was probably the most inconvenienced by the whole thing. She was always going to come here. Seamie gave her a great ride. Emmet McNamara rides her out every day at home and does a great job.”
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