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Visor has Birdie humming

Bye Bye Birdie has her rivals well beaten off at the CurraghBye Bye Birdie has her rivals well beaten off at the Curragh
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A pair of cheek-pieces may have helped Bye Bye Birdie to 'get home' in her maiden at Cork in the middle of the month but the addition of a visor seems to have brought her to a different level as she landed the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh under Joseph O'Brien.

Her strength in the market on occasions and a trip to Royal Ascot for the Queen Mary (12th there) showed that Bye Bye Birdie has always been well-regarded at Ballydoyle and it all came together nicely for the Oasis Dream filly today.

Only third market choice behind Heart Focus and Clenor Bye Bye Birdie made a mockery of her place in the betting, breaking well and making all, staying on strongly in the final quarter mile to triumph by three lengths.

Aidan O'Brien disclosed: "She had the head-gear on today as Joseph thought she was keeping plenty to herself.

"She came back from Ascot 4 kilos heavier so that's usually a sign that one's not over-doing it.

"She can go anywhere now. She has loads of ability."

Boylesports go 16/1 Bye Bye Birdie for the next year's Guineas.

A steward's enquiry not involving the winner saw no alteration to the judge's placings. (GC & EM)