Sunday, August 30, 2009
Termagant upsets Moyglare Stud
By David Grening
Daily Racing Form
Termagant sprung a 16-1 surprise in the $357,000, Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday as she slogged her way to a 2 1/2-length victory over the 66-1 Famous, who was in the race solely as a pacesetter for Coolmore's odds-on favorite Lillie Langtry.
The topsy-turvy result left the 8-11 Lillie Lantry well beaten in third, 4 1/4 lengths behind the winner. In fourth another 8 lengths back was the 5-2 Long Lashes, who couldn't continue the white hot weekend of her owners at Godolphin, who had won three group or graded stakes at Saratoga, Goodwood, and Windsor on Saturday.
The heavy ground may call the subpar performances of the favorites into question, but there is no denying that Termagant has emerged as a top class juvenile filly. She traveled smoothly in third under Declan McDonogh, collaring Famous as she approached the eighth-pole while recording an inconsequential winning time of 1:35.18 for the 7 furlongs. In her only previous start for Kevin Prendergast, the daughter of Arlington Million winner Powerscourt had taken a 7-furlong Leopardstown maiden by 2 lengths on good to firm ground, so the going obviously makes no difference to her.
As a win-and-you're-in race, victory secured Termagant a place in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, but Prendergast made no mention of that 1-mile contest in his post-race comments. In fact, the veteran Irish conditioner suggested that Termagant may not run again this year, stating that her major goal is now the Irish 1000 Guineas back at the Curragh next May.
Also on Sunday, Deauville closed its prestigious August meeting as the 3.70-1 British invader Jukebox Jury outgamed Pouvoir Absolu for a nose victory in the $286,000, Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville. Trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Royston Ffrench, the 3-year-old son of Montjeu covered the 1 9/16 miles on good ground in 2:49.70, leaving the favored Ideal World, aan Andre Fabre-trained son of Kingmambo and Banks Hill, 2 1/4 lengths behind in fourth.
Jukebox Jury had won the one-mile Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot as a 2-year-old and had scored two back going 1 5/16 miles in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock. Last time, however, he was a distant fourth in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes. Johnston suggested that the Canadian International at Woodbine on Oct. 17 could be next on the agenda for Jukebox Jury.
At Goodwood, Ordnance Row made a remarkable one-day comeback from his third-place finish Saturday behind Breeders' Cup Mile-bound Delegator in the Celebration Mile to win the Group 3 Supreme Stakes on Sunday. But whereas the gelded 6-year-old son of Mark of Esteem had tried to lead throughout in the Celebration, he came from last-to-first under Ryan Moore at 5-1 in the 7-furlong Supreme to defeat the 5-4 favorite Asset by a length, getting the 7 furlongs on good to firm ground in 1:26.09.