Galileo's Lily Pond Takes The Kilboy Estate

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There was a competitive line-up for The Curragh's G2 Kilboy Estate S. on Sunday and it was Ballydoyle's Lily Pond (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) who proved toughest as the 3-year-olds filled out the first three places in the nine-furlong feature. Building a smart portfolio since her winning debut at Dundalk Apr. 12, the bay was runner-up in the G3 Blue Wind S. at a mile and a quarter at Naas May 7 and third in the 12-furlong G3 Munster Oaks at Cork June 8 before finding the 14-furlong test of Leopardstown's G3 Stanerra S. beyond her when sixth 10 days prior to this breakthrough. Settled behind stablemate Galleria Borghese (Ire) (Caravaggio) by Ryan Moore, the 8-1 shot was threatened by the even-money favourite Purplepay (Fr) (Zarak {Fr}) approaching two out and while for a few yards she looked likely to go under the Galileo factor kicked in a furlong from home and she was ultimately a reasonably comfortable half-length winner from Seisai (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), with One For Bobby (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) 3/4 of a length back in third.

“We tried the last day to go up in trip, but it was just too far,” Aidan O'Brien said. “She's a very tough, consistent filly but I'd say probably a mile-and-a-half is as far as she wants to go. She's very comfortable from nine to twelve. When she hung in there for that half a furlong, she got going again going to the line. She could go up into a good mile-and-a-quarter race now. She could be there for Arc weekend for the mile-and-a-quarter fillies' race and she will get up to a mile and a half.”

Pedigree Notes:

Lily Pond, who becomes the 240th group winner for her remarkable late sire, features the illustrious Coolmore monarch on both sides of her pedigree with her fourth dam being the legendary Urban Sea (Miswaki). She is the first foal out of the Listed Hurry Harriet S. winner and Oaks third Alluringly (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), who is a granddaughter of the G3 Middleton S. winner All Too Beautiful (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), the full-sister to Galileo who was runner-up in the Epsom Classic. Also the dam of another Oaks runner-up in Wonder of Wonders (Kingmambo), she is the second dam of the G1 Cox Plate and G1 Tancred S. hero Sir Dragonet (Ire) (Camelot {GB}). Alluringly's unraced 2-year-old Twinkling (Ire) is a full-sister to Lily Pond, while she also has a filly foal by No Nay Never.

Sunday, The Curragh, Ireland
KILBOY ESTATE S.-G2, €120,000, The Curragh, 7-17, 3yo/up, f/m, 9fT, 1:54.39, gd.
1–LILY POND (IRE), 128, f, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
     1st Dam: Alluringly (SW-Ire, G1SP-Eng, $154,308), by Fastnet Rock (Aus)
     2nd Dam: All for Glory, by Giant's Causeway
     3rd Dam: All Too Beautiful (Ire), by Sadler's Wells
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GROUP WIN. O-Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg; B-Coolmore (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €72,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-1, $99,468. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Seisai (Ire), 128, f, 3, Gleneagles (Ire)–Lillebonne (Fr), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). (€40,000 Wlg '19 GOFNOV; £78,000 Ylg '20 GOFOR). O-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; B-Peter Henley, John Connolly & Pattern Bloodstock (IRE); T-Joseph O'Brien. €24,000.
3–One For Bobby (Ire), 128, f, 3, Frankel (GB)–One Spirit (Ire), by Invincible Spirit (Ire).
1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O-Miss A H Marshall; B-F Dunne (IRE); T-Johnny Murtagh. €12,000.
Margins: HF, 3/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 8.00, 8.00, 18.00.
Also Ran: Rumbles of Thunder (Ire), Purplepay (Fr), Galleria Borghese (Ire), Potapova (GB), Sierra Nevada, The Algarve. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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