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Marvellous Day for O’Brien at HQ

TESTING ground claimed the participation of My Titania from yesterday’s Ethiad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas but the race produced a very likeable performance from Marvellous who claimed victory in the Classic on just her third ever start.

Marvellous didn’t enjoy the smoothest of paths when sixth behind stable companion Bracelet in the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown but under Ryan Moore she galloped on well to the line in yesterday’s feature to deny English 1,000 Guineas runner-up Lightening Thunder who had to settle for second once again.

Options are open for Marvellous but the Epsom Oaks looks a prime target and the 10/1 on offer immediately after the race from Paddy Power proved to be quite generous given the filly’s ability to overcome her inexperience, and her ability to stay on so well in the latter stages.


Indeed the firm were forced to go 15/2 within an hour of Marvellous winning and the filly is now a best-priced 8/1 with Boylesports to claim a second Classic in less than a fortnight at Epsom.

O’Brien said: “She had the one run this season in Leopardstown and she handled the ground in her maiden last year well and handled it today well and stays well.”

O’Brien revealed earlier in the month that his team had been set back by a cough and Marvellous was another to come under that cloud but showed no ill-effects when claiming yesterday’s fillies Classic.

“She had a little break like the rest of them as she had a bit of a cough but she has come back well and had been working nicely,” O’Brien continued.

“With the ground being nice at declaration time, Joseph went and rode Palace and when it turned it went in the favour of Marvellous but if Séamus (Heffernan) had a choice he would have always picked Marvellous and it was a toss of a coin.”

On future plans O’Brien did suggest the prospect of the French Oaks but Epsom remains a distinct possibility.

“She looks like a filly that is going to get further than a mile and she could bet a mile and a half,” he said. “Ryan had said when he was coming over that he would like to ride one of the fillies that could be going for the Oaks (Epsom) and the lads will decide themselves what they want to do but Epsom is a definite possible I would say.”

Ryan Moore was pleased with how Marvellous saw out the race.

“I am sure she will be a better filly on better ground,” he said.

“She raced a little bit inexperienced early on but when she passed one horse she quickly went by them all and it was a great performance on only the third start of her life.”

Of Epsom, he added: “Hopefully she has a lot of potential and she can go on from there. She had a tough race today and Epsom is not a long time away but you’d be hopeful.”


O’Brien also won the Group Three Gallinule Stakes for the 13th time yesterday when Adelaide justified odds on favouritism to hold Mekong River by three lenghs.

There was a very emotional winner for Jane Cecil who achieved her seasonal goal by winning a Group One and she did so with Frankel’s brother Noble Mission who won the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup under James Doyle.

The supplemented Noble Mission was winning for the third time this season and could now be Eclipse bound at Sandown.

An emotional Cecil said: “I can’t thank Prince Khalid enough. It was a big thing for him to leave him with us. I just can’t believe it. It shows dreams can come through as our big thing was to win a Group One this season so we could race the flag for Henry at Warren Place.”