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Authorized's Ambivalent Springs a Surprise in the Pretty Polly
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15.35 at CGHG1 Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly S.  [1 1/4m (T)]Winner: Ambivalent (Ire), f, 4 by Authorized (Ire)
Sunday, Curragh, Ireland
OXIGEN ENVIRONMENTAL PRETTY POLLY S.-G1, €200,000, Curragh, 6-30, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/4mT, 2:04.83, gd/fm.
1--@sAMBIVALENT (IRE), 136, f, 4, by Authorized (Ire)
     1st Dam: Darrery (GB) (SP-Eng), by Darshaan (GB)
     2nd Dam: Flamenco, by Dance Spell
     3rd Dam: Santiago Sweetie, by Boldnesian
(24,000gns yrl ‘10 TATOCT). O-Ali Saeed; B-Darley; T-Roger Varian; J-Johnny Murtagh; €120,000. Lifetime Record: 10-4-1-2, £188,540. *1/2 to Al Waffi (GB) (Fairy King), G1SP-Ity, SP-Ger. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Was (Ire), 136, f, 4, Galileo (Ire)--Alluring Park (Ire), by Green Desert. (1,200,000gns yrl ‘10 TATOCT). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Lodge Park Stud; T-Aidan O’Brien; €40,000.
3--Shirocco Star (GB), 136, f, 4, Shirocco (Ger)--Spectral Star (GB), by Unfuwain. (48,000gns RNA yrl ‘10 TATOCT). O-Helena Springfield Ltd; B-Meon Valley Stud; T-Hugh Morrison; €20,000.
Margins: HF, NK, HF. Odds: 10-1, 5-2, 11-2.
Also Ran: Harasiya (Ire), Say (Ire), La Collina (Ire), Princess Highway, Rehn’s Nest (Ire), Cruck Realta (GB). Scratched: Alive Alive Oh (GB). Click for the Racing Post result. Click for the Racing Post result, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, courtesy attheraces.com.
Ambivalent had lived up to her name prior to this career-best, managing just a pair of successes despite having flaunted above-average ability on the Newmarket gallops. Breaking through when taking the Listed Chalice S. over 12 furlongs at Newbury in August, the bay ran fifth in the G2 Park Hill S. when tried over an extended 14-furlong trip at Doncaster in September. Tailed off in the G1 Prix de l’Opera over this trip when the hood was removed at Longchamp on Arc day, she was back in that headgear on her seasonal bow when second to Dalkala (Giant’s Casuseway) in York’s G2 Middleton S. over an extended 10 furlongs May 16. Only third when held up in customary style in Haydock’s G3 Pinnacle S. over 12 furlongs when last seen June 8, connections opted for a radical change in tactics here and Ambivalent benefitted from that decision to spring to prominence under an inspired Johnny Murtagh. Quickly in front and chased only by Harasiya (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), she was game against the fence when pressed by that rival inside the final quarter mile and had forged the victory by the time last year’s Epsom Oaks first and second Was and Shirocco Star found their top stride. “[Trainer] Roger [Varian] said to let her stride along, as she is hardy and tough and a little bit hot,” her rider said. “We used the one draw and it was pretty straightfoward. She was game in the end, as they all lined up to have a go at her and she dug deep. She would have no problem going back to a mile and a half and she should improve.” Varian added, “She has run well on her two starts this year, but both races were tactical and they went steady and we held her up and she had been a bit gassy. Today we had nothing to lose at the highest level, so I said to Johnny to change tactics and ride her forward and it came off. She’s always worked incredibly well at home, but prior to today she’d been placed in Group races and had only won a Listed race. She’s not a straightforward filly and half the key is to keep a lid on her excitement prior to the off. The team here did a great job with her and I was pretty pleased with her condition as she went out on to the track. We’ll just get her home and enjoy today--there are plenty of options for her.” Aidan O’Brien said of Was, “We were delighted with that and she loves fast ground and stays more than a mile and a quarter. Hopefully she’s back on the right road now and will keep coming forward.”

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