Diamondsandrubies drives home to take Pretty Polly Stakes

Aidan O’Brien-trained made all under Seamie Heffernan at the Curragh

Seamie Heffernan on Diamondsandrubies (white hat) wins the Pretty Polly Stakes  from Legatissimo and  Ryan Moore at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Seamie Heffernan on Diamondsandrubies (white hat) wins the Pretty Polly Stakes from Legatissimo and Ryan Moore at the Curragh. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

 

Diamondsandrubies denied Legatissimo in a driving finish to the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly made all under Seamie Heffernan and just held the challenge of the Qipco 1000 Guineas winner to claim the Group One spoils.

Diamondsandrubies (8-1) was reversing Investec Oaks form with Legatissimo, having finished two places behind that filly at Epsom when fourth to Qualify.

There was just a short head between the pair, with the James Fanshawe-trained Ribbons close behind in third under Frankie Dettori.

Heffernan said: “I rode her in Epsom and it didn’t really swing my way. Sometimes Epsom finishes a horse and sometimes the good horses thrive on it. She’s obviously good.

“We thought she’d stay and I jumped and she landed in front and I was happy enough to go along with it. I knew they (the challengers) were coming. I knew where the line was.

“I was a bit unlucky at Epsom. Aidan trains them to progress from run to run and today she was at her best, so hopefully there will be more improvement.”

Diamondsandrubies, who had also impressed when winning the Cheshire Oaks, will now go for the Darley Irish Oaks on July 18th.

O’Brien said of his filly, who had been badly hampered a furlong and a half out at Epsom: “She was very unlucky at Epsom and was probably the most inconvenienced by the whole thing. She was always going to come here and we said we’d let Qualify take her chance in the Derby.

“We’d like to have got a lead but that’s not the way it worked out, and Seamie gave her a great ride. Emmet McNamara rides her out every day at home and does a great job.

“We know the dam well and I’m delighted for Richard and Roisin (Henry, part-owners with Sue Magnier).

“We’ll ride her a bit more patiently over a mile and a half, and Qualify and Words will also run in the Irish Oaks.”

Most Beautiful confirmed her promise with victory in the six-furlong Grangecon Stud Stakes.

Given a positive ride from Ryan Moore, the David Wachman-trained filly tracked the unbeaten Miss Elizabeth to the quarter-mile pole, before hitting the front with a furlong to run.

Moore had to keep her up to her work as Only Mine tried to challenge on her outside, but the well-backed 11-8 favourite kept on strongly to record victory by three-quarters of a length.

Sanus Per Aquam got the better of Lieutenant General in a terrific tussle for the Barronstown Stud EBF (Colts & Geldings) Maiden.

Donnacha O’Brien looked like he had made a winning move on the newcomer, trained by his father Aidan, but Kevin Manning plugged away on Jim Bolger’s fellow debutant Sanus Per Aquam (7-1).

The son of Teofilo asserted close home to win by a length and a quarter. Leath Na Hoibre was third.

Moore made all the running on Air Pilot as the Ralph Beckett-trained six-year-old landed his first Group Three success in the Hermitage Medical Clinic International Stakes.

Air Pilot (8-15 favourite) enjoyed an easy lead and had enough in the tank to comfortably see off the attentions of Parish Hall, representing the opening-race winning team of Bolger and Manning.

Roheryn was some way behind as last of the three runners.

Have A Nice Day (8-1) ran out a determined winner of the Sunday Independent Handicap.

Sabrina Harty’s five-year-old was handy throughout in the hands of Leigh Roche and had enough in the tank from the furlong marker to repel the challenge of Hunt and Andrea Atzeni by half a length.

Foxy Forever (20-1) proved reluctant to go into the stalls but was a most willing partner in the race itself as Michael Wigham’s sprinter blitzed the opposition in the Tote Rockingham Handicap.

The five-year-old, blinkered for the first time, delayed the start slightly and jockey Colm O’Donoghue even dismounted briefly as the horse was led round from the front of the stalls before he jumped back in the saddle.

Last into the gate, Foxy Forever got a flier from his stands side draw and never saw a rival as he scooted up to land this valuable prize.

The winning margin was two and a quarter lengths from the Mike Murphy-trained 6-1 favourite Discussiontofollow with Paul Midgley’s Desert Law third as British raiders took the first three places.

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