Aidan O'Brien made it two from two in Ireland's top-level juvenile races this season as Misty For Me added yesterday's Moyglare Stud Stakes to the Phoenix Stakes taken by her stablemate Zoffany three weeks earlier. In both Curragh contests a hot shot from the Richard Hannon stable was eclipsed, the even-money Memory in the filly's case and the 4-9 Strong Suit in the colt's.
Misty For Me, at 10-1, was not only not favourite yesterday, she was not even the best-fancied of the Ballydoyle quartet challenging for the Group One prize; that was the 4-1 chance Together, Johnny Murtagh's choice. And afterwards Seamie Heffernan, on the winner, admitted she would have been his, too. "Aidan said to let mine stride and make it a proper test," he said "But Together always works the better filly at home. Misty can be a bit idle."
There was no laziness from Misty For Me on the track, though. The white-blazed bay, a daughter of Galileo, led throughout the seven furlongs and stayed on determinedly to repel the late challenge of Laughing Lashes, her conqueror last time out, by a length. Kissable finished well in third, a neck behind, just in front of Together.
"The Galileos just never give up," said O'Brien, "even when she got headed here the last day she was coming back at the end, and she'd come forward from that run. She stayed on well today; she's already crying out for a mile."
Memory, previously unbeaten in three runs, was held up in the early stages by Richard Hughes and was never better than her dull sixth place. "She didn't fire today for whatever reason," said Hannon's son and assistant, Richard Jnr. "A few of ours have been running like that recently; we'll take her home and check her out before making a decision about what next. It wasn't the distance that beat her as she was all out of contention before that became an issue."
A drop back to the six furlongs of the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket is an option being considered for Memory. For Misty For Me, a step in the opposite direction, to the Fillies' Mile at Ascot, has been pencilled in. There she may meet Theyskens' Theory, who supplanted Memory as the new favourite for next year's 1,000 Guineas after the bookmakers shuffled their betting pack in view of the weekend's results.
Theyskens' Theory, trained by Brian Meehan, vaulted up the lists after improving on her Newmarket maiden win for a stylish all-the-way success from Cochabamba in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday. The daughter of Bernardini is now the Classic market leader at a general 8-1, with Misty For Me 10-1 and Memory pushed out to 12-1.
Sue Montgomery's nap
Mayson (3.35 Ripon) Has progressed steadily and even a repeat of his course-and-distance effort last time should be good enough.
Chin 'n Tonic (4.00 Newcastle) One of the least exposed in the line-up and has proved he handles the course and conditions.
One to watch
What Edmaaj (B W Hills), from a high-class US staying family, has learnt in two runs – last time in a decent York maiden – should soon stand him in good stead.
Where the money's going
Hawkeyethenoo is Paddy Power's new Ayr Gold Cup favourite at 9-1 after support from 12-1.
Chris McGrath's nap
Al Muthaana (3.00 Ripon)