Alexander Goldrun Prevails for Pretty Polly Repeat

Alexander Goldrun dug in resolutely and repelled the challenge of Chelsea Rose to record her second consecutive victory in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) at The Curragh on Saturday.

Sir Michael Stoute's filly, Red Bloom, took the lead at the start, and dictated the pace throughout the early stages of the race. Jockey Kevin Manning, who has been aboard Alexander Goldrun in all of her races, had his mare settled into fourth in the seven-horse field. The daughter of Gold Away moved into third in the early straight, as Chelsea Rose pressed the pace and assumed the lead with two furlongs left to run. Alexander Goldrun then made her move and sprinted past Chelsea Rose to win by a neck in 2:04.83 for the 1 1/4 miles. Red Bloom held on for third, two lengths behind the top pair.

Winning trainer Jim Bolger commented that his globe-trotting mare would seek a repeat victory in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) on August 5 at Goodwood. After that, a tilt at the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) in September and the Prix de l'Opera (Fr-I) in October would be considered. The mare would then wrap up her year, and more than likely her career, with another try at the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), a race she won in 2004.