ETIHAD AIRWAYS IRISH 1000 GUINEAS (Group 1)
Curragh, Turf, 1,609m
25 May 2014
Flying under the radar ahead of Sunday’s Gr.1 Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas, Derrick Smith’s Marvellous (Galileo) emerged clear best in what amounted to a war of attrition for the fillies in testing ground to forge a sixth renewal for Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable.
Racing at the back throughout the early stages, the 10-1 shot who came into this race off a lengthy break having finished sixth in the 30 March Gr.3 Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial steadily wore down Lightning Thunder (Dutch Art) and after gaining the lead passing the furlong marker strode away for a three-length success.
“You would have to be very pleased, as it was only her third run and was in deep ground,” jockey Ryan Moore commented. “She was drawn towards the outside and was a long way back, so had to do it the hard way. I was taken off my feet after a furlong and couldn’t really hold my spot, but when I asked her she did pick up and I think she was just pretty inexperienced during the race. She should get further and I’m sure she’d be a better filly on nicer ground.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News