Termagant upsets Moyglare rivals

Prendergast filly proves too strong as big battalions get stuck in Curragh mud

The expected clash of the superpowers, represented by the youthful female forms of Coolmore's Lillie Langtry and Godolphin's Long Lashes, in yesterday's Moyglare Stud Stakes came to nothing as the pair were thoroughly upstaged by 16-1 shot Termagant in testing conditions at the Curragh. And if money on the track said the Kevin Prendergast-trained filly was an unlikely winner, that on Betfair shouted it as she drifted from 10 to a high of 50 in pre-race trading on the exchange.

Happily, horses have no knowledge of human expectations and although Termagant was taking a massive step up in class, from a maiden victory to a Group One contest, she completed the transition in style. Always travelling comfortably for Declan McDonogh, she ranged alongside the Ballydoyle long shot Famous, who had set the pace for the 8-11 favourite Lillie Langtry, before the last of the seven furlongs and strode away for a two and a half length success.

To her credit, Famous, at 66-1, kept going for second, coping with the heavy Co Kildare ground as well as her celebrated older brother Mastercraftsman did when taking his local 2,000 Guineas. Lillie Langtry plugged on for third place, with Long Lashes fourth; both fillies were treading mud before the final furlong.

Results in extreme conditions can often be misleading and bookmakers have generally taken the view Lillie Langtry should be given another chance. The daughter of Danehill Dancer remains towards the head of the betting for next year's 1,000 Guineas.

Termagant has been introduced into the market for the Newmarket Classic, but at this stage is unlikely to run and perhaps her unflattering name is a clue as to why. "I'm not sure she'd have the temperament to take the travelling that well," Prendergast, said, "so the plan will be to come back in the spring for the Guineas here. She may have been a long price but her win wasn't a real surprise to us as she's always shown a great deal. We were a little bit concerned about the ground but she's done a good job and I should think that will be it for the season."

The filly cost just €34,000 (£29,900) as a yearling and her shrewd trainer is charting a similar route to the top level with another bargain maiden winner, the €36,000 colt Kingsfort, heading for the National Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday week. "I bought them within an hour of each other," added Prendergast, "and he'll have a shot at the big guns as well. And I can tell you I like him a lot."

In the Group Three six-furlong contest, Arctic made it three from three with an eased-down defeat of Ballydoyle's Air Chief Marshall, a performance that prompted Ladbrokes to cut him to 16-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, half the price of their rivals. "We won't be afraid of going anywhere after that," said trainer Tracey Collins. "Though the winter can be a long time, he's going to be something to dream about."

Half an hour later Chinese White, trained by Dermot Weld, bounced back to her best with an easy success in the Dance Design Stakes and shortly afterwards Jukebox Jury became the third grey feature-race winner of the afternoon when holding on by a nose in Normandy to take the Grand Prix de Deauville for Mark Johnston.

It was a roller-coaster weekend for Godolphin. Though Long Lashes failed in Ireland and Donativum in France yesterday, there were eight wins for the Blues in three days, headed by Delegator's sparkling effort in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday and including one at the top level for Music Note at Saratoga, New York.

Delegator's victory, which showed a top-class flashing change of gear, was franked at the earliest opportunity when third-placed Ordnance Row returned to the Sussex track yesterday none the worse for his exertions to gain his revenge with a defeat of the Godolphin colourbearer Asset.

And just as Delegator, runner-up to Sea The Stars in the 2,000 Guineas, became the latest to pay a compliment to Europe's top three-year-old, Summer Bird flew the flag for the best of the Classic generation in the States, Rachel Alexandra, with his decisive success in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday night. The Belmont Stakes winner splashed through sloppy mud in sprightly fashion to take the 10-furlong Grade One, but had earlier in the month suffered a six-length trouncing by the wonder filly.

The performance made Summer Bird the leading home contender for the Breeders' Cup Classic in California in October. Sea The Stars is favourite for the Santa Anita sand-surface showpiece.

Turf account Sue Montgomery

Nap

Layali Al Andalus (4.00 Newcastle)

Imposing son of Halling who got off the mark by seven lengths over seven furlongs and is bred to appreciate further. Holds a host of fancy entries and could be a cut above today's rivals.



Next best

Golden Button (5.30 Epsom)

Handicap debutante who seems sure to improve from her victory at Wolverhampton 10 days ago and looks on a fair mark for the in-form Sir Mark Prescott yard.

One to watch

Elliptical (G A Butler) was outpaced at Newmarket when the tempo quickened on his first try over as short as seven furlongs, but stayed on at the death and a rise in the weights should not anchor him back over further.



Where the money's going

Exceptional Art has been cut to 16-1 from 25-1 for the Ayr Gold Cup by Paddy Power.



Chris McGrath's Nap

Fol Hollow (3.10 Epsom).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Technical Author / Multimedia Writer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent