Coach Jessica Harrington landed her second Traditional as Royal Ascot winner Magical Lagoon toughed it out within the Juddmonte Irish Oaks on the Curragh.
The race seemed Magical Lagoon’s to lose following the withdrawal of long-time ante-post favorite Emily Upjohn, however the Ribblesdale Stakes scorer was made to work laborious for her first Group One success with Aidan O’Brien’s Toy pushing her all the way in which to the road.
Travelling easily as she tracked the outsider Present Of Stars who led the sphere alongside, it was the 5/four favorite who loomed giant and took over on the two-furlong pole. And she confirmed all her stamina and battling qualities to first repel eventual third Cairde Go Deo and likewise win the extended duel with the runner-up.
“It is great to win one Traditional, to get two is totally superb,” mentioned Harrington, who took the Irish 1,000 Guineas with Alpha Centauri in 2018.
“She’s such a sport filly, she solely does as a lot as she has to do. She’s only a pretty filly to coach for Mr Zhang.
“I saved what was behind her however I knew she’d maintain staying, she stayed very nicely in Ascot. They in all probability did not go as fast as they did in Ascot and she simply ran an incredible race.
“Shane was in the correct place and saved going ahead. He rode an excellent race and she saved discovering and discovering.
“It is solely her third run this 12 months and I might say she’ll enhance once more. She’s within the Yorkshire Oaks and after that, I have not actually decided.
“I might like to maintain her in coaching subsequent 12 months. I hope so as a result of Galileo’s progeny enhance and her brother was a significantly better four-year-old than three-year-old.”
When requested how she felt after listening to of the withdrawal of Emily Upjohn on Friday resulting from journey difficulties, she added: “I used to be terrified as a result of all of the sudden I might develop into favorite.
“Earlier than we have been the underdogs and I really like being the underdog and having a go at them, however it’s labored out nice.”