Progressive Australia Filly Gains Maiden Win
Aunt Bee (3f Australia - English Ballet, by Danehill Dancer) continued on an upward curve when taking Friday’s Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.
Fifth on her sole start as a two-year-old, the Jessica Harrington-trained filly finished second on her three-year-old return and stepped up in trip to ten furlongs on her latest start. She soon led under Shane Foley and was ridden to maintain her advantage with a furlong and a half left to race. Driven out, she led by half a length on the line.
Speaking after the race, assistant trainer Kate Harrington said, “Aunt Bee is a lovely filly and she had a lovely run at Naas. She'll probably go for a winners of one and then try her in a Listed race.”
Owned and bred by David Reid Scott and Mrs Yvonne Nicoll, Aunt Bee becomes the second winner out of Group 3 winner and Group 1 third English Ballet (Danehill Dancer).
Music To My Ears (3f Australia - Back On Top, by Lope De Vega) completed a Curragh double for her sire when taking the Fillies Premier Handicap later in the day for Joseph O’Brien and JP McManus.
A maiden winner in November, the Noreen McManus-bred filly was delivered late by Wayne Lordan to win by a head on the line. Connections may now seek black-type for the daughter of Australia.