Attraction Completes Historic Classic Double
Updated: Monday, May 24, 2004 7:24 AM
Posted: Monday, May 24, 2004 7:24 AM
Photo: Associated Press
Attractioin, winning the One Thousand Guineas earlier this month, completed a classic double Sunday.
Unbeaten Attraction powered her way into the record books Sunday when she became the first filly to bag the English and Irish One Thousand Guineas double with a one-length victory at The Curragh in Ireland.
The 3-year-old English-bred daughter of Efisio led the $494,120 group I event from soon after the start to finish as the 2-1 favorite with Kevin Darley in the saddle. She completed the one mile on good to firm going in 1:37.6.
The Mark Johnston-trained filly was never seriously challenged after getting the lead more than a furlong from the start. Alexander Goldrun, third in the early going, was put to a drive with a quarter-mile to go, but Attraction pulled away from her in the final furlong and stormed down the center of the Curragh straight to win.
Alexander Goldrun settled for second, two lengths in front of Kentucky-bred Illustrious Miss, a Kingmambo
filly who came on late to edge Kinnaird for third.
Owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, Attraction was supplemented to the race earlier this week. While thrilled with the victory, Johnston admitted to having his concerns despite her strong effort in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket on May 2.
"I was having second thoughts about saying she was the best I've ever trained, but she's just incredible," Johnston was quoted by The Racing Post
. "She's a very, very relaxed horse. She's got a reputation as a fireball, but she's very laid back. I have never had a horse win two good races back-to-back; so for her to win this many at this level is unreal."
He said the one-mile Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot on June 18 might be next for Attraction. The six-furlong Jubilee (Eng-I) the following day is also a possibility.
Darley told The Racing Post
, "The runner-up came at her but she kicked again. She gets the mile really well and had the speed to bother them early on."
Attraction won five races at 2, including the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-III) at Royal Ascot, followed by the Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton (Eng-II) at Newmarket in July. She had been rested until her victory in the English One Thousand Guineas earlier this month.
Secret Charm finished fifth, followed by Necklace (6th), Majestic Desert (7th), Misty Heights (8th), Last Love (9th), Kisses for Me (10th), Takrice (11th), Follow (12th), Miss Childrey (13th), Queen of Palms (14th), Lucky (15th).
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