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Statuette stays unbeaten in Airlie Stud Stakes

Aidan O’Brien expressed his delight with Statuette as she took her record to two from two with a determined victory for Group Two honours in the Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

So impressive first time out, the daughter of American Triple Crown hero Justify was more workmanlike on this occasion.

Sat just off the pace set by Matilda Picotte and Badb, Ryan Moore started to organise his mount over a furlong out and once the 4-6 favourite hit top gear there was little doubt about the winner, even though the margin of victory was only three-quarters of a length from 25-1 chance Badb.

“She’s a very big filly and we were only training her three-quarters ready because we had our eye on the last part of the season,” said O’Brien.

“With that type of filly if you train them too hard you wouldn’t have her at the end of the season when you want her.

“She’s 16 2 ½ (hands high), for a two-year-old filly. We were delighted, we were a little bit worried when the ground got soft that she could have got very tired but obviously just her class got her through.

“She travelled lovely and Ryan nursed her, she won lovely in the end and we were very happy.

“She has a beautiful mind, great stride and an unbelievable physique. We think the Justifys are something to look forward to.

“She’s a sister to Tenebrism but she’d carry her on her back as she’s a massive big powerful filly this one.

“She’s probably not as precocious as normal for a filly running at this time of year, but she has so much class she was able to run and do it rather than us making her do it.

Aidan O'Brien with Statuette
Aidan O’Brien with Statuette (PA)

“When she was able to do it we didn’t like stopping her, but at the same time we weren’t chasing her in any way at home.”

Coral and Betfair make Statuette 10-1 for the 1000 Guineas and when asked if she could be a Guineas filly, O’Brien added: “We think she is. She’s a filly with a lot of class and you’d imagine she’d have no problem getting a mile.

“The Moyglare, the Cheveley Park, all those races are there for her. Obviously we have the filly that won at Ascot (Meditate) as well. The lads will probably keep them apart.”

Regally-bred Statuette makes striking debut at Navan

Statuette added her name to the Royal Ascot equation with an impressive display on debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Navan.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly was sent off the 11-10 favourite and the market looked to have it spot on as the professional newcomer fought out the finish with 460,000 guineas breeze-up buy Olivia Maraldo, who was second at 5-4.

Statuette was a first winner in the UK and Ireland from US Triple Crown hero Justify’s first crop of two-year-old runners and the regally-bred youngster, who is out of a three-time Group One winner and closely related to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Tenebrism, was introduced into the Albany Stakes market at 3-1 by Betfair.

Stable representative Chris Armstrong said: “She has always shown loads at home. She could be a filly for the Albany (at Royal Ascot).

“We’ll take her home and see, she’s a very big filly and we will see how she comes out of it.

“Obviously she is by Justify, an incredibly exciting sire – his first winner in Europe and he had a very good winner in America last weekend. We have some nice Justifys.”

Winning rider Ryan Moore added: “It was nice to start her off on some nice ground. She’s a lovely, big filly and she was a standout physically. She did that really nicely.

“She’s a Justify out of Immortal Verse so she’s got an incredible pedigree.

“I’d like to think, looking at the size of her, that she will continue to progress throughout the season.

“She’s a filly that Aidan liked and I’m very happy with what she’s done.”

There was further success for Ballydoyle when Newfoundland (11-8 favourite) opened his account in the Navan Racecourse Maiden to bring up doubles for both O’Brien and Moore.

Second the last twice, the Deep Impact colt showed a good turn of foot when shown clear daylight Moore and proved he has stamina in abundance by hitting the line strong.

He holds an entry in the Irish Derby, but Armstrong suggested the three-year-old would be targeted at handicaps next.

Newfoundland winning at Navan
Newfoundland breaks his maiden by scoring at Navan (Michael Graham/PA)

He said: He’s had a couple of decent runs in decent enough maidens. The win was the most important thing.

“We will take him home and see how he is and then we’ll look at a handicap after this and go from there.

“”He did (ran short of room) and they went steady enough early on, and it turned into a bit of a sprint home but he got out of it.

“It was probably an OK maiden and we’ll go the handicap route with him

Donnacha O’Brien’s Wodao (2-1) was always to the fore as he opened his account with authority in the Lynn Lodge Stud Irish EBF Maiden.

Having finished behind hot-prospect The Antarctic the last twice, there was no doubt about the winner this time as the son of Showcasing stormed to a three-and-three-quarter-length success.

“He has run into a few good horses in his last few runs, but I’d say that was a step up again,” said O’Brien.

“He’s a nice horse so we will look at something like the Windsor Castle at Ascot if he comes out of that well.

“The last day we were kind of holding on to him over five (furlongs) and we kind of let him at it (today), and I’d say he is a better horse ridden that way.

“We probably ran into dad’s Norfolk horse (The Antarctic) twice, so you could be running into Group One horses there, but at the same time I think that was a step up. We rode him more positively today and it worked better.

“Hopefully he can progress again.”