Magical Moore shines again

Ryan Moore and Michael Stoute teamed up for the second year in a row to land the Kilboy Estate Stakes with Mango Diva at the Curragh yesterday.

Magical Moore shines again

After Dank took this before success overseas last year, similar targets may lie ahead for Mango Diva after she got up in the final stride of the Group Two.

Lahinch Classics made a bold bid and appeared to have done enough to cling on having seen off Odeliz and the slightly disappointing My Titania.

But Moore is never in a mood to be denied and the 9-2 chance overhauled David Wachman’s filly in the nine-furlong Group Three. My Titania was half a length back in third.

James Savage, Stoute’s travelling head lad, said: “We were glad there wasn’t much rain last night, she’s a good-moving filly and wants top of the ground.

“I was praying for it to stop but in the end it just made it nice ground.

“She’s progressive and forward moving and while that could be her trip, she will stay 10. She just gets caught on her head a bit over a mile.

“The boss and the owner will look for her next race, but she might follow the Dank route.”

Another British-trained winner was Tim Pitt’s Sir Maximilian (11-1) who flew down the centre of the track in a furiously run Rockingham Handicap to capture the prize from fellow raider Caspian Prince.

Pitt said: “He’d have won the Wokingham I had him in such good form but he missed the cut. I was silly to run him in a Group Three after that..

“I was worried about the ground, it’s not that he needs cut he just lacks a bit of early pace and if something gets an early run on him he can struggle to get them back.

“He does get six furlongs but a fast-run five suits him as well, he’s able to keep tabs on them and pick them up.

“My only other runner in Ireland finished stone last in the Goffs Million, so this is great.

“He’s in the Stewards’ Cup (32Red) but won’t go if it’s rattling quick. His main aim is the Ayr Gold Cup.”

RaceBets cut him to 25-1 from 33s for the Goodwood race.

Parish Hall (11-8) may not be the force he was in his two-year-old days but he remains a horse to be reckoned with just below the top class and won the Group Three Meld Stakes for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning.

Manning said: “He’s done it well and handled the ground and got the trip well.

“I wasn’t sure where the pace was going to come from but I knew he had a turn of foot so I just got him settled and followed the pace.

“My instructions were to drop him in and arrive late.”

Una Manning, who had spoken on the phone to her father, Bolger, said: “He said (Bolger) he’ll stick to 10 furlongs and feels that it is only this year that he is getting over his injury. We can now hope for better things.

“He said he settled well today but he hasn’t decided what’s next, the plan was to get him back on a winning note. We’ll just see what there is.”

Toogoodtobetrue (1-2 favourite) continued a fine weekend for Aidan O’Brien when getting off the mark at the second attempt in the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital European Breeders Fund Maiden.

A close second on her debut at Naas earlier this month, the Oasis Dream filly confirmed that promise and did it well considering she had to race widest of the main protagonists through the early stages.

O’Brien said: “You’d have to be delighted with that. She came forward lovely from her first run.

“Joseph (O’Brien) was very happy with her and he thinks she is a very nice filly.

“She will love stepping up to seven furlongs and she could be one for the Debutante or the Moyglare.”

Brendan Duke enjoyed a welcome winner and a change of luck as Intenser (14-1) got on top close home in the Irish Champions Weekend 13th & 14th September Nursery Handicap.

Duke said: “They’ve been running great, but I’ve had 11 seconds. I signed up for a course on internet about how to survive in the wilderness!

“I’m delighted he’s won. It’s made a big difference gelding him. He just got there and the handicapper probably did a good job rating them.

“Hopefully we’ll find another day somewhere and we’ve been thinking about the nursery in Galway for a long time with him.”

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