Aidan O'Brien expressed his delight with Statuette as she took her record to two from two with a determined victory for Group Two honours in the Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh. So impressive first time out, the daughter of American Triple Crown hero Justify was more workmanlike on this occasion. Sat just off the pace set by Matilda Picotte and Badb, Ryan Moore started to organise his mount over a furlong out and once the 4-6 favourite hit top gear there was little doubt about the winner, even though the margin of victory was only three-quarters of a length from 25-1 chance Badb.
"She's a very big filly and we were only training her three-quarters ready because we had our eye on the last part of the season," said O'Brien."With that type of filly if you train them too hard you wouldn't have her at the end of the season when you want her. Aidan O'Brien is well stocked with fillies as he also has the brilliant Royal Ascot winner Meditate in this division.
Ano Syra landed a significant pot in winning the five-furlong Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap, prevailing by half a length at 9-2 for trainer John Feane and apprentice jockey Jamie Powell. "Jamie has ridden five winners for me now from eight rides with two seconds and a fourth. He's doing well for me at the moment anyway," said Feane. "We got her before Christmas, Charlotte and James (Musgrave, owners) were kind enough to send her to us, and she's kept improving. In fairness to Kevin Manning he's done a lot of work with her as well. "We thought she'd get a bit of black type in the future and we'd plot a course through the year with her. "We were a little bit worried about the ground but she was brave, she has a big heart."I know she had a light weight, but she was a three-year-old taking on older sprinters. She travelled really well and she's just a good filly." Ano Syra was advised to our members 1pt each way at 10/1.