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Moyglare Stud Stakes: Rumplestiltskin has to prove she has the golden touch.

Byline: Tony O'Hehir reports

RUMPLESTILTSKIN yesterday became Aidan O'Brien's fourth winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes, but the 2-7 shot was made to battle for victory and bookmaker reaction to her neck success from 25-1 shot Ugo Fire was mixed.

VCbet cut the Ballydoyle filly to 8-1 from 10-1 for the 1,000 Guineas but Ladbrokes were not impressed, pushing the winner out to 16-1 from 10-1.

With Guineas favourite Flashy Wings bypassing the race, it was supposed to be easy pickings for Rumplestiltskin against eight rivals in what looked an ordinary renewal of the Group 1 event.

However, it turned out to be much more of a test than many expected for the daughter of Danehill, who is owned in partnership by Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and the Niarchos family.

Although neither the head-on nor the rear-view coverage of the start of the race backed Kieren Fallon's claim that the favourite had been "lucky to stand up" soon after the start, he remained adamant that his mount had been "sandwiched and had the stuffing knocked out of her" early in the race.

The winner was last out of the stalls and, whatever trouble she might have encountered early on, she had to come from behind to land the spoils in the sevenfurlong event. She hit the front just under a furlong out and was pressed all the way to the line by Ugo Fire. Fallon said: "I took the easy way out by bringing her to challenge wide of the others. She prefers to come through horses, and the way things worked out I got to the front too soon.

"She stays well and a mile will be no problem to her.

For me she's the best twoyear-old filly around. She would have won by ten lengths if she hadn't pulled herself up and she would have won the Lowther had she gone there."

While O'Brien had no immediate plans for the winner, he did not rule out the possibility of her running again this season.

He said: "We'll wait and see how Rumplestiltskin comes out of today's race and what happens with some of our other two-yearold fillies. We have a smart bunch this year, including this filly and Alexandrova, who won her maiden by ten lengths at Tralee.

"We also have High Chaparral's full-sister, Chenchikova, who runs at Galway," added O'Brien, who is planning to head west for that filly's Fallonassisted debut today.

O'Brien added: "Rumplestiltskin is a very smart filly but will always be hard to assess, as she pulls herself up when she gets to the front."

Ugo Fire, having her eighth start of the year, produced her best effort yet, and both trainer Kevin P rendergast and jockey Declan McDonogh felt that on easier ground she might have beaten the winner.

The runner-up had finished over 11 lengths behind the winner's stablemate George Washington in the PhoenixStakes last month. P rendergast said: "The extra furlong today suited her and she has run a cracker. If the rain they were expecting had come, it might have been a different story. There's a halo around her head now and she's in the shop window."

Joe Murphy was thrilled with the performance of Ardbrae Lady, who was two and a half lengths adrift in third.

"Having her placed in a Group 1 is like winning the Derby for us. We've always thought she was a good filly and we have Fran Berry to thank for today," he said.

"He rode her at Galway last time and was very easy on her when he thought she felt lame. She wasn't 100 per cent after that race but showed what she's capable of today."

The two British-trained runners, Lonely Ahead and Dont Dili Dali, finished sixth and seventh respectively.

race result

1 Rumplestiltskin ...2-7f 2 Ugo Fire ............25-1 3 Ardbrae Lady ...100-1

Owner: Sue Magnier Trainer: Aidan O'Brien Jockey: Kieren Fallon Groom: Damien O'Halloran Breeder: Quay Bloodstock & Niarchos Family Distances: nk, 2 1 2 l

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Kieren Fallon speaks to Aidan O'Brien (left) and Alan Cooper, representing the Niarchos family, after Rumplestiltskin's victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes yesterday
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2005
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