Night Of Thunder's Fairy Godmother Exhibits Gears in the Fillies Sprint at Naas

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Aidan O'Brien trainee Fairy Godmother (Ire) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}–Scintilating {GB}, by Siyouni {Fr}) was usurped by Sparkling Sea (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) on debut at Naas last month and returned over the same six-furlong strip to exact revenge on that reopposing rival in Sunday's G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint.

Ryan Moore was keen to settle the 6-5 favourite into a smooth rhythm and anchored his mount at the tail of the six-runner field through the initial exchanges of this straight dash. Easing closer onto the heels of the leaders approaching the furlong pole, Fairy Godmother angled outside for her challenge and unleashed an array of gears under late rousting to deny familiar foe Sparkling Sea by an ultimately comfortable neck in the shadow of the post. Amo Racing's California Dreamer (GB) (Mehmas {Ire}) finished 3/4-of-a-length adrift in third.

“We thought that she would win the first day, but she was very green and obviously with a first-time-out 2-year-old anything can happen,” the winning trainer said. “The filly that beat her [first time] is obviously a very good filly. Even though they went slow today, the plan was to drop her in and teach her and we needed to find out what way to ride her in [Royal] Ascot. Ryan [Moore] said she's very classy and gets six [furlongs] very well. I'd say she's an Albany filly and she will have learned a lot from today.”

 

 

Pedigree Notes
Fairy Godmother, who becomes the 25th pattern-race winner for her sire, is the second foal and scorer out of a winning half-sister to G2 Richmond S. victor Prolific (Ire) (Compton Place {GB}) and Listed Grand Prairie Turf Challenge winner Deal Breaker (GB) (Night Shift). The March-foaled chestnut's third dam Zoom Lens (Ire) (Caerleon) threw G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Atlantis Prince (GB) (Tagula {Ire}) and is the second dam of G1 Middle Park S. third Steady Pace (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Zoom Lens is kin to the dams of G1 Gran Criterium hero Hello (Ire) (Lycius) and G2 Prix Dollar-winning multiple Scandinavian champion Dano-Mast (GB) (Unfuwain). Fairy Godmother is a half-sister to Listed Roses S. third Sketch (Ire) (Showcasing {GB}) and a yearling filly by Mehmas (Ire).

Sunday, Naas, Ireland
COOLMORE STUD IRISH EBF FILLIES SPRINT S.-G3, €70,000, Naas, 5-19, 2yo, f, 5f 205yT, 1:09.92, gd.
1–FAIRY GODMOTHER (IRE), 128, f, 2, by Night Of Thunder (Ire)
1st Dam: Scintilating (GB), by Siyouni (Fr)
2nd Dam: Photo Flash (Ire), by Bahamian Bounty (GB)
3rd Dam: Zoom Lens (Ire), by Caerleon
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (425,000gns Ylg '23 TATOCT). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier; B-Ballyphilip Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €42,000. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $49,348. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Sparkling Sea (Ire), 128, f, 2, Starspangledbanner (Aus)–Titanium Sky (Ire), by Dark Angel (Ire). 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O/B-Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd (IRE); T-Ger Lyons. €14,000.
3–California Dreamer (GB), 128, f, 2, Mehmas (Ire)–Penelopa (GB), by Giant's Causeway. 1ST BLACK TYPE; 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. (130,000gns Ylg '23 TATOCT). O-Amo Racing Ltd & Giselle De Aguiar; B-Ickworth Stud (GB); T-Adrian Murray. €7,000.
Margins: NK, 3/4, 1 3/4. Odds: 1.20, 2.50, 20.00.
Also Ran: Barnavara (Ire), Proudly Yours (Ire), Usdi Atohi (Ire).

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