Moth makes an impact
Aidan O'Brien unwrapped what looked a particularly exciting prospect at the Curragh with Moth (11/8 favourite) looking a Classic-bound filly in the Cancer Clinic Research Trust European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.
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An exquisitely-bred and well-built daughter of Galileo, Moth had been made favourite in both her late-season starts, looking a little inexperienced to get off the mark.
As soon as the trainer's son Joseph switched Moth for a run, her acceleration was dramatic and she put the race to bed swiftly.
"We thought she was nice last year but she got beat a few times," said O'Brien.
"Obviously I was giving the wrong instructions and instead of making use of her she should have been held up.
"She's able to change gears. It was a slow run race and she came from behind which I imagine wouldn't have suited.
"She could go for a trial or head straight to Newmarket for the Guineas. It depends on what happens."
She would need to be supplemented for the 1000 Guineas.
O'Brien also reported his colts on course for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
"The wheels are still on," he said.
"Mars is still going that way and I'm very happy with Cristoforo Colombo. We also have George Vancouver and Pedro The Great and they are all still standing so far."
There will be more to look forward to for the Ballydoyle team with Duke Of Marmalade's half-brother Ruler Of The World (2/1), who picked off the positively-ridden Manalapan in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden.
Local trainer Paul Deegan is another trainer to have flown out of the traps this season and Fast In The Wind (14/1) quickened past juveniles from virtually all the big Irish stables in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden.
"He shouldn't have been the price he was," said Deegan.
"He would have been unlucky if he hadn't got up.
"The obvious target is the Marble Hill (at the course next month) or he could go down to Cork for a race there."
Gary Halpin helped Kevin Prendergast off the mark for the season aboard Maude Adams (5/1) in the equisoftlive.com Handicap.