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Attraction sets new standard.

Attraction made history at the Curragh yesterday becoming the first filly to complete the English-Irish 1000 Guineas double.

Mark Johnston's unbeaten star followed up her Newmarket success by taking the Boylesports-sponsored event by a length from Alexander Goldrun with David Loder's Illustrious Miss two lengths back in third.

The daughter of Efisio was the first winner of both the Classics in the 82-year history of the Irish race but that point did not excite her trainer.

"I was never too bothered about the double aspect of it, as there is no logic in that," said the Middleham-based handler.

"The press all seemed to be against her which helped to take some of the pressure off and I was having second thoughts about saying that she was the best that I have ever trained, but she is just incredible."

Smartly away, Attraction was taken on in the early stages by Aidan O'Brien's Kisses For Me, but the Yorkshire runner showed too much speed and was soon dictating matters at the head of the 15-runner field.

Heading up the straight it was another Middleham runner in Kinnaird who looked like a danger, but she could never reel in the leaders and it was only when the eventual second challenged that Attraction kicked again.

While Alexander Goldrun never gave up she could not get on terms with the unbeaten winner, while Loder's charge stayed on from the middle of the chasing pack to pip Kinnaird for third.

"She is a very relaxed horse, and we know that the pacemakers we have, have a job keeping up with her. People keep calling her a fireball but she is so laid back" said Johnston.

"We were discussing on the way over where we should go and I am none the wiser now. I don't know whether to keep her to a mile or drop her back and prove that she has the speed but my personal preference would be to keep her to a mile."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 24, 2004
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