An unforgettable European weekend for Fastnet Rock was crowned at the Curragh on Sunday when Intricately (2f Fastnet Rock-Inner Realm, by Galileo) battled hard to take the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained filly was scoring a day after Zhukova (4f Fastnet Rock-Nightime, by Galileo) took the G3 Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown and Rivet (2c Fastnet Rock-Starship, by Galileo) won the G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster for Fastnet Rock.
Intricately, like Zhukova and Fastnet Rock’s 2015 G1 Oaks heroine Qualify, carries the colours of Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez and she got up in the closing stages to beat Hydrangea (2f Galileo-Beauty Is Truth, by Pivotal). In third place was Rhododendron (2f Galileo-Halfway To Heaven, by Pivotal) to complete a G1 1-2-3 for Coolmore sires.
It was a first G1 success for both the winning trainer and his brother Donnacha, who was in the saddle.
“This means the world to me,” said Joseph O’Brien. “It’s Donnacha’s first Group 1 and my mum bred her. She’s very tough, and Donnacha was very strong on her.
“She’s in the G1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, and we’ll see how she comes out of this. She doesn’t have to run again this season.
“I can’t believe she was 25/1 as she was only a length behind the second favourite (Rhododendron) the last day. You probably get a bigger kick out of training winners than riding them as a lot more work goes into it.”