Diamondsandrubies wins Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes
June 28, 2015
Diamondsandrubies won a head-bobbing finish with 6/4 favourite Legatissimo to seal victory in the featured Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
The 8/1 shot was ridden by Seamie Heffernan for Aidan O’Brien and dictated matters from the front narrowly ahead of Secret Gesture.
The pair matched strides with half a mile to race as Brooch travelled sweetly in a close third. On the turn in Heffernan started to get to work onDiamondsandrubies who held a definite lead from Secret Gesture.
A furlong and a half outDiamondsandrubies came under the whip but she was finding plenty for pressure. Legatissimo started to mount her challenge and moved into a dangerous second just inside the furlong marker. < Legatissimo came with a very strong challenge on the inside and just failed to get up asDiamondsandrubies gamely battled all the way to the line to win by a short head. Ribbons (8/1) unleashed her effort on the outside and closed into third, a further neck away. Seamie 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. CORK CON, Munster and Ireland outhalf Ronan O'Gara has dipped his toes into horse-racing ownership and the legendary star is bringing his winning mentality to the sport of kings. O'Gara's red and white silks are carried by Most Beautiful and David Wachman's two-year-old filly is proving well-named. Most Beautiful won her maiden at Navan last-time-out, the first time she sported O'Gara's colours. Most Beautiful was sent-off 11-8 favourite for the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Fillies' Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon on the strength of that success and her debut second to Royal Ascot winner Waterloo Bridge. Positioned perfectly by jockey Ryan Moore just off the leaders, he produced the filly to challenge for the lead as the field entered the final furlong and Most Beautiful grabbed the race by the sruff of the neck to beat Only Mine by three-parts of a length. O'Gara, who is a coach with Racing Metro in Paris, missed the race as he is on a family holiday in the south of that country. It was a double on the card for jockey Moore, who earlier won the Group 3 Hermitage Medical Clinic International Stakes on Air Pilot for English trainer Ralph Beckett. Stablemates Bondi Beach and Order Of St George fought out a thrilling final furlong battle with the former winning by a short head to give Aidan O'Brien the Group Three Curragh Cup. Forgotten Rules, the 8/13 favourite, cut out the pace in this mile and six contest but the race only hotted up turning for home. Pat Smullen turned to the whip on Forgotten Rules at the two pole as Bondi Beach closed into second.< Order Of St George unleashed his challenge a furlong and a half out and he came to join his stablemate with a furlong to go. Forgotten Rules had been burned off into third. The pair were locked together with their jockeys in the drive position but it was Bondi Beach who was marginally ahead close home and he held on to win at 7/1. Order Of St George was a 4/1 chance. The pair pulled six and a half lengths clear of Drifting Mist who pipped Forgotten Rules for third. Aidan O'Brien said: "They look two proper St Leger horses and have pulled right away as well. The mile and six furlongs helped Bondi Beach, and Seamie gave him a great ride. "Order Of St George was entitled to get tired. He was ready in the spring and then got a temperature. He could go for something like the Voltigeur at York, while the winner may not need another run. "Seamie has been with us since the start. He's a world-class rider and always was and has been riding big race winners for us for so long. He's a massive part of the team, and nobody deserves it (big race double today) more than him." Heffernan Aidan O'Brien initiated their double with Diamondsandrubies in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes.< Bondi Beach was given a quote of 12/1 for the St Leger by Paddy Power, while the same firm go 14/1 Order Of St Georg Foxy Forever showed plenty of dash as he served up a 20/1 shock in the Tote Rockingham Handicap over the flying five furlongs at the Curragh. He was up in the front rank to be shot at by his 20 rivals but had the aid of the stands-side rail after breaking well from stall 14. The five-year-old gelding was scrubbed along over two furlongs out by Colm O'Donoghue. The pair held a slight advantage heading into the last 200 yards and boxed on well to prevail by two and a quarter lengths. It was close for second between Discussiontofollow (6/1f) and Desert Law (8/1), with the former edging it by a head. Ardhoomey, who was prominent throughout, came home fourth at 14/1. Trainer Michael Wigham said: "That is my first runner in Ireland, and the last time I was here as a jockey back in the 1980's I rode a Group 3 winner at Leopardstown called Valley Victory. "I rode a lot for Mel Brittain, and he was just a very nice man and a pleasure to ride for. If he was around today he would be one of the first on the phone. "This was on the agenda for a long time, and I knew he was a decent horse. He's a late maturing type just coming to hand. We wanted rain and we got it. He needs good ground or to get his toe in a bit. "I thought he was too quiet beforehand in the parade ring and then he got too lit up at the start (went through the front of the stalls). "Irish Champions Weekend could be on the cards. He won in the style of a good handicapper. We'll take him home and see where we go. We'll see what the handicapper does and then either stay in handicaps or go for stakes races