Aidan O'Brien's Bracelet ran out an impressive winner of the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.
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Balansiya was sent off the odds-on favourite as Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen eyed a treble on the card but she had to make do with the runner-up spot behind Bracelet.
Balansiya was a 9-10 market-leader following a spectacular winning debut over the course and distance in early November and all appeared to be going according to plan as she moved sweetly to the lead early in the straight.
However, Aidan O'Brien's Bracelet, ridden by the trainer's son Joseph, came out of the pack to challenge from a furlong out and wore down Balansiya to take the Group Three prize by a length.
Avenue Gabriel and Harry's Princess finished third and fourth respectively.
O'Brien snr said: "She did it nicely and she's a filly we think will stay well in time. We're delighted with her and all things being well, she might go to the Guineas (at Newmarket). I'll speak to the boys (owners)."
Asked whether he thought Bracelet would stay a mile a and half, the trainer said: "We always thought she would, but Joseph said he wasn't sure there, as she showed a lot of speed. That's why we're thinking about the Guineas."
Bracelet was cut to 16-1 from 40s for the Guineas at Newmarket by Sky Bet and made 9-1 (from 16s) favourite for the Oaks.