THERE was some quality action at The Curragh on Friday, with the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes the highlight of a fantastic afternoon’s action.
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A horse on the up
Wow! What a show Albigna (4.15 Curragh) put on for the Kildare crowd in the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes.
The electric filly was outpaced early on just her second start, but as soon as the penny dropped she flew home to land a very impressive victory.
Look out for her at the top level in the coming months and it would be no surprise to see her have a crack at the 1,000 Guineas next year.
A star in the Pretty Polly
The main race of the day didn’t go to script as Joseph O’Brien’s Iridessa (8-1) backed up her win in last year’s Fillies’ Mile with victory in the Group 1 Pretty Polly.
Taking the lead up with a furlong to go, the three-year-old filly fought bravely to see off the attentions of Magic Wand in second.
Favourite Pink Dogwood was the big disappointment of the race, finishing a well-beaten third. Could the Oaks have been a weak race after all?
Marmite Spencer at his very best
You either love him or hate him, but even you’re in the latter camp you couldn’t help but admire Jamie Spencer’s ride aboard Oasis Prince in Yarmouth’s 4.10.
Yes, the horse is as game as they come, but not many riders would have had the saddle-power to guide home the three-year-old after he had been headed by hot favourite Destination inside the final furlong.
But fight back he did, and under an all-kicking, all-pushing Spencer, stuck his head back in front in the shadows of the post. Class.