Tahiyra atones for Newmarket let-down with victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh as jockey Chris Hayes hails ‘tough and tenacious’ filly
- The Aga Khan-owned horse had come second in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas
- But memories of that were exorcised with a storming win in the Irish version
Tahiyra exorcised memories of a painful defeat in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas to hand trainer Dermot Weld a second straight victory in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.
Owned by the Aga Khan, the 2-5 favourite quickened smartly to beat Mediate by a length-and-a-half at the Curragh.
Jockey Chris Hayes, who landed the fillies’ Classic for Weld 12 months ago with Homeless Songs, admitted Tahiyra’s victory left him a relieved man after finishing second in the English Guineas.
‘I know we could do no more at Newmarket, but I was very deflated after and I took it hard,’ he told Racing TV.
‘It was just self-criticism, but we were able to get things right today. Tactically I had to be very aware from where I was drawn, and I needed a willing partner and by God she’s good.
Tahiyra storms to victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday
Jockey Chris Hayes celebrates after taking victory by a length-and-a-half from Mediate
Tahiyra’s owner Princess Aga Khan following Sunday’s victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas
‘She’s tough and tenacious. Ideally, she’d like a faster pace, but it’ll show you how good she is when she can adapt to circumstances like that. I’d always consider myself a journeyman jockey, so it was the most pressure.’
Earlier on the card, The Aidan O’Brien-trained Luxembourg held off the challenge of Sir Michael Stoute’s Bay Bridge to win the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup by half a length.
O’Brien’s four-year-old — who was leaving a poor comeback run well behind — showed a tremendous attitude under Ryan Moore.
- Passenger, an unlucky loser when dead-heating for third in the Dante Stakes at York, will today be supplemented for Saturday’s Betfred Derby by Sir Michael Stoute.