Epsom Downs 16:30
3yo fillies only,
1m 4f 6y, Class 1
1 Tuesday 13/2
2 Emily Upjohn 6/4F
3 Nashwa 4/1
11 ran Distances: shd, 3¼l, 1¼l
Time: 2m 37.83s (slow by 2.13s)
Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, Tuesday just held Emily Upjohn and Frankie Dettori by the narrowest of margins.
Having placed in both the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and Irish equivalent, the winner thrived for the step up in trip to give O’Brien his 10th victory in the race.
There was early drama as the Frankie Dettori-ridden Emily Upjohn slipped leaving the stalls and was left in rear where the eventual winner – whose third birthday it was – was lurking nearby in the hands of Ryan Moore.
As the pace began to quicken turning for home it was the first and second that caught the eye, as Moore went one way on Tuesday and Dettori and Emily Upjohn made eyecatching headway up the stands rail.
The duo then hit the front simultaneously and were soon embroiled in a titanic battle to the line, with a photo finish required to separate the classy fillies.
Tuesday officially prevailed by a short head, with the Hollie Doyle-ridden Nashwa a further three and a quarter lengths back in third.
Moore said: “She was awkward at the start. I was following Nashwa, which I was happy about, but I was not quite happy with what Nashwa was following in front, so I wasn’t in the spot I would like to have been.
“But Frankie was with me and the pace was even enough. My filly, it was only her birthday today, and she is out of an unbelievable dam (Lillie Langtry). She put herself in with every chance very quickly and when she got to the front was still a little bit babyish.
“She was in the middle of the track and wasn’t quite getting down galloping still, you know? I always thought I was holding on, but at the line it was a bit closer than it should have been.
“I felt I had another gear and she has taken a big jump forward in 12 days from the Irish Guineas and stepping up in trip suited her. I think she will be effective back at 10 (furlongs) and there is no reason, after the races she has had, there is no reason why she can’t continue to thrive.”
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Dettori had to look down at Emily Upjohn following her start to check she had all four shoes.
“She slipped coming out of the stalls, that’s what happened. The race was gone then, I was too far back behind a lot of bad horses,” he said.
“I found myself last and I had to pass the whole field. Ryan had the rail, I wish I’d have come up the rail but I didn’t, I had to make my run up the other side.
“She had to make up a lot of ground and she was an unlucky loser.
“I looked down on coming out of the stalls just to check if she’d lost a shoe but she hadn’t – listen, it’s one of those things.
“You’ve seen how good she is, she’s a good one. It’s a shame, she didn’t get beat fair and square. She should have won, it’s as simple as that.”
3yo only, 1m 4f 6y, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (1) Tuesday 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 13/2
2 (5) shd Emily Upjohn 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 6/4F
3 (6) 3¼ Nashwa 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Hollie Doyle 4/1
4 (10) 1¼ Concert Hall 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 15/2
5 (4) 2¼ Kawida 3 9-2 Ed Walker Jim Crowley 40/1
6 (3) nse Tranquil Lady 3 9-2 Joseph O'Brien Tom Marquand 16/1
7 (7) nk Rogue Millennium 3 9-2 Tom Clover Jack Mitchell 22/1
8 (11) 3¾ Moon De Vega 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett Rossa Ryan 50/1
9 (9) 2 Thoughts Of June 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 14/1
10 (2) 7 The Algarve 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Colin Keane 66/1
11 (8) 6½ With The Moonlight 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 11/1