Twirl opens her account for the season
Tuesday 21 August 2012
A drop in class enabled Twirl to win her first race of the season in the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park.
Aidan O'Brien's Galileo filly (6-1) had been set some stiff tasks since finishing second to The Fugue in the Musidora at York, having run in the Oaks, the Ribblesdale and the Irish Oaks.
Back in Listed class, Colm O'Donoghue set out to make all the running and barely saw another rival. Two furlongs out he kicked some five lengths clear and despite getting tired close home, Twirl still had enough left to hold off stable companion Soon by a length and a half.
O'Donoghue said: "That was a good performance. She travelled well and picked up well. She galloped all the way to the line. She's not finished for the year yet."
Coolmore representative Gerry Aherne added: "She had run some good races behind The Fugue and Shirocco Star. Colm O'Donoghue said there is more to come.
"The second filly will have her day as well. Joseph (O'Brien) picked the sixth one (Devotion), but if you ran that race a few times you would probably have different results."
O'Brien snr appears to have another well-above-average juvenile on his hands after Battle Of Marengo demolished the field in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
A beautifully bred son of Galileo, the Derby entry had finished third on his first start at Leopardstown and was expected to improve for the experience.
Bounced out by Joseph O'Brien, he was never far from the pace and soon put the contest to bed, the 4-5 favourite breezing home by 11 lengths from Flameseeker, with the well-backed Janna's Jingle third.
The jockey said: "That was grand and he improved from his first run. He showed a good attitude and handled the soft ground well. We were worried about the ground beforehand, but when you can do that on soft ground we'll be looking forward to getting some good ground for him."