Moth enters classic picture

Sun 7th Apr 2013, 15:12

photoMoth and Joseph O'Brien on their way to victory at the Curragh
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Moth propelled herself into the Classic picture when running out an impressive winner of the fillies maiden at the Curragh this afternoon.

Joseph O'Brien settled the Galileo filly behind the leaders in the early stages before pulling wide for a run over a furlong out.

The 11/8 favourite quickened smartly to hit the front inside the final furlong and went away in the closing stages to post a four-and-a-half length winning margin.

The winner had been beaten favourite on two starts last term. She could now be supplemented for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“She did it well. We thought she was nice last year but she got beat a few times,” said Aidan O'Brien afterwards.

“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 quickened up well.

“She could go for a trial or head straight to Newmarket for the Guineas. It depends on what happens.”

<Moth has been introduced at 16/1 for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket by Stan James.

O'Brien also reported his colts on course for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“The wheels are still on! 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.”

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