Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum's Tarfshi was a half-length winner over Wrong Key in winning the Hunston Financial Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-II) at the Curragh on June 29. The 1 ¼-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, was run in 2:04.6. Spring Oak, the 7-4 favorite, finished sixth of seven.Tarfshi, a 4-year-old daughter of Mtoto, out of the Alzao mare Pass the Peace, was sent off at 7-2. Leading from the start, Tarfshi, drew three lengths clear with three furlongs left and finished gamely. Wrong Key, owned by Lady O'Reilly, cut into her lead late after racing next to last in the early going. Cliveden Stud's Fraulein finished third. Also at the Curragh, Daliapour, the 6-year-old son of Sadler's Wells, won the IAWS Curragh Cup (Ire-III) at 1 ¾ miles. Ridden by Mick Kinane for trainer Michael Stoute, Daliapour tracked the early pace of Murghem, and made a strong move late in the final two furlongs to pull away for a two-length decision for owner Robert Ng. Aston House Stud's Boreas also rallied, but could do no better than second as the 11-8 favorite. Quality Team, by Diesis, finished third. Pacesetter Murghem, faded to fourth in the field of seven.Over the July course at Newmarket, Stableside Racing Partnership II's Atavus, was a head winner over King of Happiness in the Antec International Criterion Stakes (Eng-III) for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs. Third ws Lady Lindsay, a 3-year-old filly by Danehill Dancer. Tillerman, the 8-11 favorite, finished last of six. Atavus, a 5-year-old son of Distant Relative, out of the Northfields mare Elysian, was bred by Whitsbury Manor Stud.At Newcastle, Peter and Irene Davies' Tedburrow won the John Smith's Extra Smooth Chipcase Stakes (Eng-III) at six furlogns for 3-year-olds and p. Bred by Lady Matthews, the 10-year-old gelding by Dowsing -- Gwiffina, by Welsh Saint won by a length over favored Vision of the Night (by Night Shift). Ashdown Express was third.
The first group I race of the year for juveniles was to be a coming-out party for undefeated Henrythenavigator, but 25-1 outsider Saoirse Abu surprised the field in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at The Curragh Aug. 12.