Fallen Angel stayed on strongly to land the Moyglare Stud Stakes in impressive fashion at the Curragh, as Aidan O’Brien’s Ylang Ylang folded tamely to give up her unbeaten record.
Ylang Ylang went into the race as the ante-post favourite for next year’s Classics following two impressive displays and was sent off the 6-5 market leader in a bid to give the master of Ballydoyle his 10th success in the Group One event.
Ryan Moore sent the daughter of Frankel to the front where she was joined by Danny Tudhope aboard the eventual 9-2 winner and the duo matched strides until Ylang Ylang began to falter approaching the final furlong.
Despite Ylang Ylang falling quickly to the back of the field, the race was far from over and Willie McCreary’s Vespertilio was soon alongside Fallen Angel launching her challenge, with the duo embroiled in a real tussle to the line.
It was Karl Burke’s filly who pulled out extra when it mattered most to provide both the North Yorkshire trainer and owners Clipper Logistics with their second winner of the Irish Champions Festival following Flight Plan’s Dullingham Park Stakes success at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Delighted owner-breeder Steve Parkin said: “We bred her, but lost the mother to colic. That’s the last foal out of the mother and she is the spitting image of her mother. Emotional is an understatement.
“My daughter names all our horses and after the death of the dam that’s why she’s called Fallen Angel. To win the Group One Moyglare Stakes is unbelievable.”
Burke, speaking away from the track, added: “She’s a high-class filly, we’ve always really liked her and she’s done nothing wrong at home.
“She was green as grass when she won first time out, beating a nice filly of Andrew Balding’s, and then got a little bit stuck in the mud at Sandown. We were probably beaten by a good filly (Shuwari) that day, but we were battling back and Danny was kicking himself for kicking on a bit early. We had ended up making the running, which wasn’t the plan, and didn’t want to overdo it on soft ground, but in hindsight probably should have done.
“She put that right at Newmarket and what she did (today) was very, very special.
“I don’t know what the excuses were for the favourite, but we sat upsides her and she obviously stopped and was beaten quickly and tamely, so maybe something will come to light there.
“But I thought as soon as the second horse came to her – and having watched videos of the second horse I thought she was a big danger, she’s got an electric turn of foot – we went again. I was screaming at the TV for Danny to keep kicking on because I knew she would stay really well and she was just looking for company before going again and they drew a long way clear of the rest.
The winner now enters the equation for next year’s 1000 Guineas, with Coral going 8-1 and Betfair 7-1 from 25s.
However, she has further Group One duties at two to attend to, and Fallen Angel will head to Newmarket for the bet365 Fillies’ Mile on October 13, where she will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Laurens who won the end-of-season contest for the Spigot Lodge handler in 2017.
“It was always the plan and that is where she will go next barring accidents and she will go there with a great chance hopefully,” continued Burke when asked about the Fillies’ Mile.
“She has a fantastic attitude and I said to Danny when he rang me after the race, I watched her on TV walk round at the start like she owned the place, ears pricked, very relaxed – she’s a class filly.”
Fallen Angel is 7-4 with Betfair for the Fillies’ Mile.