Moyglare Stud Stakes
Group 1, Curragh 15:00
€400,000 guaranteed,
2yo fillies only, 7f   
Sunday 11th September 2022

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1 Tahiyra 100/30
2 Meditate EvsF
3 Eternal Silence 50/1
11 ran NR: Sydneyarms Chelsea
Distances: 2¼l, 4½l, 2l Time: 1m 29.16s (slow by 6.16s)

Aidan O’Brien’s Meditate arrived unbeaten in four starts and looked set to add to her tally in the hands of Ryan Moore as everything appeared to be going to plan entering the closing stages of the seven-furlong Group One prize.

Moore went for home two furlongs out, with Chris Hayes content to let him go on aboard the Dermot Weld-trained Galway maiden winner Tahiyra before engaging top gear with a furlong to run.

Meditate had a couple of lengths advantage, but the winner produced an electric turn of foot, reeling in the leader in a matter of strides and sprinting two and a quarter lengths clear, with a further four and a half lengths back to third-placed Eternal Silence.

Tahiyra is a Siyouni half-sister to Weld’s former stable star Tarnawa and QuinnBet offer 4-1 about her for next year’s 1000 Guineas.

Weld said: “She did it very well and she’s beaten a very high class, multiple Group-winning filly. It was an excellent renewal of the race.

“I was afraid it might just come a little soon in her career, at Group One level, and I’ve always said what a beautiful filly she would be next spring.

“She learned a lot the first day, she did it well and enjoyed her race. She learned from it and she’s progressed. We’ve a lot to look forward to.

“Chris has been riding exceptionally well for me all year. It was a masterclass of riding in the Group Three at Leopardstown yesterday.

“I just told him to take his time and make steady progress as she has lots of pace and to come inside the last furlong. It takes confidence.”

Weld confirmed the filly will not run again this term, with next year’s Classics in her sights.

He added: “We’ll discuss it, but that’s it for this year. She’s a half-sister to Tarnawa, our champion filly. There is tremendous stamina in the pedigree, brilliance and speed.

“We’ll review it early next spring, but obviously one of the Classic trials possibly and then one of the Guineas – Irish, English or French. But that’s a long way down the line.”

The winner sports the famous Aga Khan colours and Princess Zahra Aga Khan was representing her father at the track.

She said: “For all of us on the breeding team to see this family produce another fantastic filly is a really great thing. To watch her do that, sort of all by herself, is just brilliant.

“Dermot had given him some very clear instructions which he (Hayes) followed very well.

“It’s been 100 years this year since my great grandfather bought the first foundation mares at Newmarket.”

Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1)
€400,000 guaranteed, 2yo only, 7f
11 ran
Going: Soft

1 (7)     Tahiyra 2 9-2 D K Weld Chris Hayes 100/30
2 (12)
Meditate 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore EvsF
3 (3)
Eternal Silence 2 9-2 Mrs John Harrington Shane Foley 50/1
4 (6)
2 Never Ending Story 2 9-2 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 9/1
5 (5)
½ La Dolce Vita 2 9-2 Donnacha O'Brien Gavin Ryan 100/1
6 (9)
Papilio 2 9-2 J A Stack Jamie Spencer 14/1
7 (11)
Gan Teorainn 2 9-2 J S Bolger Kevin Manning 125/1
8 (8)
nk Thornbrook 2 9-2 Joseph Patrick O'Brien Declan McDonogh 17/2
9 (1)
nk Amazing Show 2 9-2 G M Lyons Colin Keane 40/1
10 (2)
shd Shelton 2 9-2 P Twomey W J Lee 20/1
11 (4)
2 Lakota Sioux 2 9-2 Charlie & Mark Johnston Richard Kingscote 14/1
NR 10 Sydneyarms Chelsea 2 9-2 Charles Hills NON RUNNER

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