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Meditate makes Albany splash

Meditate maintained her unbeaten record with a clear-cut victory in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Previously successful on her Curragh debut and in a Group Three at Naas, the daughter of No Nay Never was a 5-2 chance to complete her hat-trick in the hands of the Ryan Moore.

Always travelling strongly, Aidan O’Brien’s filly picked up quickly once asked to go about her business and was ultimately well on top as she passed the post a length and three-quarters clear of 2-1 favourite Mawj.

O’Brien said: “She’d put in a lovely run first time and again second time, and everything went really lovely for her today.

“She looks to have all the attributes, she’s a big physical specimen, mature and with a lovely mind.

“She looks like a miler and will head for the Fillies’ Mile with one run in between.

“We didn’t want to run Statuette against her and she will head for a fillies’ race at the Curragh next week.”

Moore, who was riding his 70th Royal Ascot winner, said: “Meditate is professional. Aidan could not have had her any better today. She did everything beautifully. She was out ahead of everything else and we didn’t expect to be in front as she was waiting for something every time she was there.

“She kept finding a bit more. She has a lovely relaxed way of going. She is a lovely filly who has a bit of class. You need class when you are making the running here over six furlongs.

“Meditate can carry on improving. She did that professionally and comfortably. She has a nice attitude.”

Meditate firmly in Albany Stakes picture

Aidan O’Brien’s Meditate took the step up to six furlongs in her stride as she followed up her impressive Curragh victory on debut to scoop Group Three honours in the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes at Naas.

The daughter of No Nay Never won by just over three lengths in her first start and although the winning margin was not as imperious this time, there was no doubt about who the winner would be once the €360,000 buy took over from long-time leader Matilda Picotte inside the final furlong.

Meditate after winning the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes
Aidan O’Brien’s Meditate after winning the Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes (Gary Carson/PA)

Kieran Cotter’s game Curragh scorer faded in the closing stages as Comhra (7-2) and It’s Showtime Baby (11-1) stayed on into the places, but it was only the 2-1 joint-favourite’s performance that mattered, with the youngster booking her ticket to the Albany at Royal Ascot.

“I’m delighted with her. She’s very laid back at home so she’s a hard filly to get a read on,” said O’Brien.

“Obviously she won very nicely at the Curragh and stepped up in distance there, Wayne (Lordan) was delighted with her today. She’s lovely and we’re very happy with her.

“The Sioux Nation filly went a good gallop, she was good at the Curragh and we thought she was going to be a big danger. We were delighted that she was able to pick her up, we weren’t sure that would happen and six furlongs obviously suited her.

“We were hoping to come here and if everything went well then have a look at the Albany with her. We think that’s what we’ll do, obviously we’ll talk to the lads but I think that’s the route she’ll be going.”

O’Brien sets sights on Royal Ascot with Meditate

Aidan O’Brien considers Meditate as a potential Royal Ascot contender after making a winning start to her career at the Curragh.

A €360,000 purchase last summer, the daughter of No Nay Never was a 9-4 shot for her competitive debut in the All Aboard The Manguard Plus Bus To The Curragh Races Irish EBF Fillies Maiden.

Always travelling well on the front end under Ryan Moore, Meditate kicked three and a quarter lengths clear of 15-8 favourite Drunk In Love and is poised for an immediate step up in class.

“We’re delighted with her. She did everything right,” said O’Brien.

“We thought she would have no problem starting at five furlongs, but Ryan said she got to the line very well.

“She was straightforward and has a lovely mind. It was first time and she came straight up there.”

When asked if she could be an Ascot horse, he added: “I think she could be, that’s what you’d imagine. She has all that quality. She’ll go for the fillies’ Group race at Naas next.”

O’Brien and Moore looked well placed to complete a double in the following colts’ maiden, with fellow newcomer Little Big Bear the 7-4 favourite.

Tough Talk (red cap) edges out Little Big
Tough Talk (red cap) edges out Little Big Bear (Donall Farmer/PA)

But following a nip-and-tuck battle with the Ger Lyons-trained Tough Talk (5-2) and Colin Keane, the market leader was denied by a short head.

Lyons said of his Kingman colt: “I said to Colin going out, take your time, go through the gears and hit the line strong. If you win you win, but if you don’t we’ll win the next day, simple as.

“He’s a horse we’ve always liked. He took it all in and was squealing and shouting in the ring beforehand, it’s the first time I’ve heard him roar since he came to me.

“It’s his first time away from home and first time on grass so there should be plenty of improvement.

“We’ll keep it local and let him tell us when and where we’ll start him back, but it’ll be in Ireland.”

Joyous Moment (maroon) landed a gamble
Joyous Moment (maroon) landed a gamble (Donall Farmer/PA)

Jack Davison and Chris Hayes teamed up to land the Alkumait Standing At Castlefield Stud With A 100,000 Bonus Irish European Breeders Fund Maiden with the well backed Joyous Moment.

Supported in the market from 28-1 down to 12-1, the three-year-old landed the gamble with a half-length verdict over New York Dreams.

“There seems to be an avalanche of money for everything I run at the minute,” said the winning trainer.

“She’s a filly that has just taken patience to get here. She always had speed, she was born with that, but we had to train her with kid gloves last year.

“She’s well related, her full-brother True Blue Moon was a good two-year-old. She’s tough, she’s fast and she’ll have a bright future hopefully.”

Willie McCreery’s Stag Night was an 11-1 winner of the Hollywoodbets Daily Boosts Handicap under 3lb claimer Nathan Crosse.