Maybe Convincing Winner of Moyglare Stud
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 8/28/2011 1:51:59 PM
Last Updated: 8/31/2011 2:11:50 PM
Maybe remained undefeated and left no doubt as to who the best juvenile filly in Ireland is with a decisive victory in the $302,500 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Aug. 28.
The daughter of Galileo has made steady progression throughout her young career, going from maiden graduate to group I winner in five career starts. The victory gives Maybe an automatic starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs in November as part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series.
A field of eight fillies went to the post in the Moyglare Stud, with Maybe being sent off as the heavy favorite. Her chief competition appeared to be La Collina, who had defeated colts in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 7. The daughter of Strategic Prince had tasted defeat only once in her three previous starts, when she finished second to Maybe in the Silver Flash Stakes (Ire-III) July 14.
Ridden confidently by Joseph O’Brien, Maybe was tucked in just behind stablemate Soon as that filly went to the lead from the start. La Collina sat just behind them in third, with Princess Sinead in fourth.
With two furlongs remaining, Maybe eased past Soon to take the lead. She quickly opened up a two-length lead on the field with the rest of the fillies toiling in her wake.
Fire Lily, a David Wachman trainee, loomed as a threat, emerging from the pack to make a late charge at the leader. But Maybe easily held her at bay as she found another gear and spurted away.
Maybe crossed the wire in front by 1 3/4 lengths over Fire Lily. It was another three lengths back to La Collina, who never challenged the winner and had to settle for third.
Final time for the seven furlongs was 1:24.26 over a course listed as good.
“We are delighted,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said after the race. “Joseph said she is very uncomplicated and she has the gears and everything went smoothly. I suppose the option would be the French race (Prix Marcel Boussac, Fr-I) next; that’s what we did with Misty For Me. She’s progressing and loves her racing.”
Maybe races for the partnership of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier, and was bred in Ireland by Epona Bloodstock. The bay filly is out of the stakes-winning mare Sumora (by Danehill), and is from the immediate family of 2011 Investec Oaks (Eng-I) winner Dancing Rain, and 1992 Ever Ready Derby (Eng-I) winner Dr Devious.
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