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Irish contingent out of luck in Juvenile Fillies Turf

144   //    05 Nov 2016, 17:51 IST
Out of Luck?

The three Irish challengers failed to make a significant impact as New Money Honey claimed top honours in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.

Aidan O'Brien looked to have a strong chance of clinching his first victory in the Grade One contest, with Cheveley Park Stakes second Roly Poly joined by Hydrangea, runner-up to stable companion Rhododendron in last month's Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.

Adding further strength to the raiding party was the Joseph O'Brien-trained Intricately, a surprise winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the mount of the trainer's brother, Donnacha.

Of the trio, Intricately was the first in trouble, with 18-year-old O'Brien having to get low in the saddle from an early stage as Lull set a furious gallop.

Both Roly Poly under Ryan Moore and the Seamie Heffernan-ridden Hydrangea raced close to the pace, but faded out of contention in the straight.

Lull ran a remarkable race from the front before eventually giving way and finishing fourth.

New Money Honey got up to win decisively for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano, with Coasted second and French runner Cavale Doree third.

Brown said: "She's a work in progress and continues to get better.

"She's equally as good in the morning on dirt, so she may be one we try on dirt down the road, but thankfully we made the right choice today to run her on the grass."


Aidan O'Brien felt the long season had caught up with his two runners.

"With Roly Poly, she's probably done plenty for this season. She had a good early position, but showed me that she needs a bit of a break now," said the Ballydoyle handler.

"It was a similar story with Hydrangea, who has had a busy year and, again, needs a bit of time after this. They are two fillies that haven't won a Group One and we let them come here to give them their chance to win one of those."

Joseph O'Brien said of Intricately: "As I feared, the track was much too sharp for her. It was a little worry that we had beforehand and the first bend in particular was very tight.

"It's been a great experience coming out here and we will give this filly a good break now."

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Source: At The Races

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