Alexander's Golden Kick Wins Pretty Polly
Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2005 6:38 PM
Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2005 1:53 PM
Back on top of her game, favored Alexander Goldrun rallied from last to first down the center of the straight to capture the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) at The Curragh Saturday.
The 9-4 choice was a most impressive winner for trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning, registering a 1 1/2-length victory over Sir Michael Stoute's Red Red Bloom while carrying 133 pounds over the 1 1/4-mile course, which was rated good to firm. Germany's Elopa was a head farther back in third, and it was another head back to fourth-place finisher New Morning.
The Irish-bred 4-year-old daughter of Gold Away, winner of the Prix de 'Opera (Fr-I) at Longchamp last fall and the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin in December, won for the first time in 2005. She ran sixth in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) March 26 and third in the Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sng-I) at Kranji in her most recent outing May 15.
Runner-up to Chorist in last year's Pretty Polly, Alexander Goldrun chased the ten-horse field in last for much of the journey after a sluggish start as New Morning set the pace for a mile. Alexander Goldrun kicked into gear for Manning at the head of the straight and was challenging the frontrunners with a quarter-mile to go. She took command in the final 100 yards.
"She is a very tough filly, and I think that was possibly the best performance of her career," Bolger told PA Sport
. "To give them all a start and win going away was very impressive. She's a very smart filly, up with the best I've trained.
"She always tends to miss the break a bit – it's something we wish she wouldn't do, but we have just got to live with it."
Red Bloom turned in a solid performance for jockey Johnny Murtagh, prompting the pace throughout and challenging for the lead with two furlongs to go while holding off Elopa for the runner-up spot. Elopa challenged late and had every opportunity.
After New Morning came Hazarista (5th), Mona Lisa (6th), Dream to Dress (7th), Saoire (8th), Chelsea Rose (9th), and Noahs Ark (10th).
The final time was 2:05.71.
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