Michael Tabor's favored Necklace came under some pressure from jockey Mick Kinane to catch Menhoubah in the final 100 yards, but the 2-year-old filly proved her superiority with a one-length victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at The Curragh Sunday.
The Moyglare Stud victory was Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien's third in the past four years.
Red Feather came on strongly to edge Menhoubah by a short head for second in the seven-furlong test for juvenile fillies. Misty Heights was a neck back in fourth. River Belle, the 5-2 second choice, was never able to mount a challenge and disappointed with a fifth-place showing in the field of 11. The time was 1:23.1 on good to firm going.
Kinane, who captured his third Moyglare, said he was happy with the way the 5-4 choice finished even if the going was a little quick for her.
"Another furlong would be really up her street," Kinane told
. "She is going to be an Oaks filly next season and she would have a shout in the 1,000 Guineas too."
O'Brien said Necklace could run again this season before being prepared for the major 3-year-old races.
Meon Valley Stud bred Necklace, a bay by Darshaan from Spinning The Yarn (Barathea), in Britain.