Termagant, making just her second career start, pulled off a surprising 16-1 upset when she drew off to a 2 1/2-length victory over Famous in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Aug. 30.
In doing so, she became the first stakes winner for first-crop sire Powerscourt.
The Moyglare was expected to be a showdown between Godolphin’s Long Lashes and Ballydoyle’s Lillie Langtry. Long Lashes, from the first crop of Rock Hard Ten, made her career debut a winning one, taking the listed Ballygallon Stud Stakes at the Curragh in June. Purchased privately by Godolphin after that victory, she then annexed the skybet.com Sweet Solera Stakes (Eng-III) in her most recent start.
Lillie Langtry, a daughter of Danehill Dancer, entered the Moyglare off an impressive win in the Debutante Stakes (Ire-II) at Leopardstown earlier this month. She had also captured the Coolmore Stud Fillies’ Sprint Stakes (Ire-III) in June.
Instead, the battle came down to two outsiders, with Aidan O’Brien’s second-string, Famous -- at odds of 66-1 -- fighting it out with Termagant as the pair locked horns with three furlongs remaining.
Termagant soon got the upper hand and began to draw off under strong urging from her jockey, Declan McDonogh, in the final furlong. Famous, a full-sister to multiple group I winner Mastercraftsman, held on for second, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of Lillie Langtry, the favorite who struggled home in third.
Final time for the seven furlongs was 1:35.18, over a rain-soaked course labeled "heavy."
Termagant was bred in Ireland by Old Carhue Stud, and is the second foal out of the Selkirk mare Rock Salt. A full-sister to the multiple stakes winner Kirkwall, Rock Salt hails from the immediate family of champions/grade I winners Vanlandingham, Temperence Hill, African Rose, Distant Music and Funny Moon.
Termagant is trained by Kevin Prendergast for owner J. Vasicek.
Ordnance Row—The New ‘Iron’ Horse
The hard-knocking gelding Ordnance Row had a weekend that would majke many younger horses. On Aug. 29, the 6-year-old son of Mark of Esteem finished a strong third to former stablemate Delegator in the Totesport.com Celebration Mile (Eng-II) at Goodwood.
Apparently none the worse for wear, Ordnance Row returned to the same venue just 24 hours later and turned in a powerful performance to take the seven-furlong Supreme Stakes (Eng-III) by one length.
Richard Hannon trains the winner for his breeder, Mrs. Paul Good.
Jockey Ryan Moore, who partnered with Ordnance Row for the Supreme win, told reporters after the race, “The boss thought it was a nice loosener for the horse yesterday, and that it was well worth running him again.”
Ordnance Row is out of the Rock City mare Language of Love. His second dam, Indian Love Song, has produced French and German champion Tomba, in addition to Holding Court, winner of the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Fr-I).
Indian Love Bird, another daughter of Indian Love Song, is the dam of the previously-mentioned Delegator.