Galileo's Tiger Moth Dominates the Kilternan

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The way that Tiger Moth (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was backed ahead of Saturday's G3 Paddy Power 'Is It 2021 Yet?' S. was a reflection of the regard in which the Ballydoyle representative is held and he did not disappoint with a stirring display in the Leopardstown contest. Last seen finishing runner-up in the G1 Irish Derby at The Curragh June 27, the bay was 5-6 for this race registered as the Kilternan S. and stayed ahead of the main group with Ryan Moore sitting several lengths off the three early pace-setters. Delivered on the lead with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining, the bay stayed on strongly to score by four lengths from the classy Silence Please (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), with Up Helly Aa (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) a neck away in third. “He felt tremendous and I was delighted with the way he did everything,” Moore said. “He was strong at every stage of the race and never felt like he was going to get beaten. I think he has a really bright future.”

While stablemate Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}) was running fourth in the G1 St Leger, Tiger Moth was also upholding the form of that Curragh Classic which was his third start having broken his maiden at the expense of the eventual Irish Derby third Dawn Patrol (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) over 10 furlongs here June 9. Aidan O'Brien said, “He's a lovely horse. Obviously his last run was in the Irish Derby. We gave him a break, said we'd come back here and maybe have a look at the Melbourne Cup, but he probably won't get in where he is. He's eight pounds below Santiago. I wasn't sure a mile and a half was his thing and we would have been very happy going back to a mile and a quarter. It was a strong-run mile and a half and we were going to find out today whether he stayed or not.”

The dam is the G3 Ballyogan S. winner and G1 Golden Jubilee and G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest-placed Lesson In Humility (Ire) (Mujadil), who was purchased for 675,000gns at the 2010 Tattersalls December Mares Sale. She is also the dam of the Listed Marble Hill S. winner and G2 Norfolk S. runner-up Coach House (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) who stands at Chapel Stud, and Tiger Moth's full-sister Butterscotch (Ire) who was runner-up in the G3 Grangecon Stud S. Lesson In Humility is kin to the G3 Oh So Sharp S. heroine Poet's Vanity (GB) (Poet's Voice {GB}), while this is also the family of the G3 Solonaway S. winner Border Patrol (GB) (Selkirk) and the G3 Prix de Meautry winner Eisteddfod (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}). Lesson In Humility also has a 2-year-old full-sister to Tiger Moth.

Saturday, Leopardstown, Ireland
PADDY POWER 'IS IT 2021 YET?' S. (KILTERNAN S.)-G3, €100,000, Leopardstown, 9-12, 3yo/up, 12fT, 2:33.54, gd.
1–TIGER MOTH (IRE), 129, c, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Lesson In Humility (Ire) (Hwt. Older Mare-Ire at 5-6.5f, GSW-Ire, MSW & G1SP-Eng, G1SP-Fr, $418,862), by Mujadil
2nd Dam: Vanity (Ire), by Thatching (Ire)
3rd Dam: Penny Fan (GB), by Nomination (GB)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Coolmore (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €60,000. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Ire, 4-2-1-1, $242,714. *Full to Butterscotch (Ire), GSP-Ire; and 1/2 to Coach House (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}), SW & GSP-Ire, GSP-Eng. Werk Nick Rating: C. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Silence Please (Ire), 126, f, 3, Gleneagles%20(Ire)#tot">Gleneagles (Ire)–Crazy Volume (Ire), by Machiavellian. (27,000gns Ylg '18 TAOCT). O-Gary Barber & Team Valor International LLC; B-Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud (IRE); T-Jessica Harrington. €20,000.
3–Up Helly Aa (Ire), 137, c, 4, Galileo (Ire)–Fiesolana (Ire), by Aussie Rules. O/B-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd (IRE); T-Willie McCreery. €10,000.
Margins: 4, NK, HD. Odds: 0.83, 12.00, 16.00.
Also Ran: Cormorant (Ire), Buckhurst (Ire), Red Kelly (Fr), Patrick Sarsfield (Fr), Broad Street (GB), Rakan (GB), Fresnel (GB), Geometrical (Ire), Mr Mooj (Ire). Scratched: Bolivar (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

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